On September 22, IFCs on JetBlue Flight 261 from BOS to SJU had to forcibly restrain a passenger who attempted to storm the flight deck. Although the exact details have not been divulged to the Union, we have reports that an IFC was choked with his own tie and kicked in the chest as he held the passenger back when the pilot exited the cockpit. When the passenger broke loose from flex cuffs, it took six to seven flight crew members to physically restrain him using seat belt extensions and an IFCs tie. The passenger was arrested in San Juan and is now facing federal charges. Read more
Recently, the TWU has seen a dramatic increase in disruptive, and sometimes violent, behavior in the flying public. As flying levels return to normal, these incidents are impacting the daily lives of our members. In order to address these incidents, a coalition of labor unions (including the TWU) and the airlines industry trade organization, Airlines for America, have joined together to call on the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to address this growing problem. On June 21, this coalition sent a letter to the Attorney General that states: Read more
Shane Rogers-Mauro, Chair
TWU/JetBlue IFC Health & Safety Committee
Our reserve flying partners based in JFK have recently been handed some new complications in their quality of life, their safety, their commute time, and even their wallets.
Under the previous Tentative Agreement, JetBlue Leadership was prohibited from making EWR a co-base for good reasons, and one of them was the safety of our Inflight Crewmembers (IFCs). The EWR co-base has become a reality—just in time for National Safety Month. Since we have yet to reach a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, the company has taken full advantage by making sudden changes like this, and unfortunately, we have become too accustomed to them. However, when it pertains to our safety, we must speak out as one. Read more
The past forty-eight hours have been a difficult time for many of our IFCs. We can’t even begin to express how disappointed, frustrated, and truly sorry we are to hear that some of you were unable to contact Crew Services and receive hotel and/or transportation accommodations. There were IFCs on duty for over twenty-four hours, some were stranded, and others had to sit on the jumpseat to make it back to base. Thom McDaniel, Transport Workers Union (TWU) International Vice President, reached out to JetBlue Leadership to request a complete accounting of the contributing factors of this event and the impact to our IFCs. Read more
The following Press Release was issued January 13, 2021 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter Unruly Passenger Policy Read more
Since last March, our industry has been challenged by the largest obstacle we’ve ever faced as Crewmembers—the COVID-19 pandemic. Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Health, Safety, and Security Committee, along with others from within the Transport Workers Union (TWU), has been working diligently to ensure our safety as IFCs since the very beginning of the pandemic. Our urgent letters to Joanna Geraghty and TWU International President John Samuelsen’s letter to the FAA and OSHA addressed many issues, which later became implemented, and some (including the suspension of the Blue Turn) which were denied. Our committee continues to monitor the daily reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we field questions from our IFCs regarding testing, quarantine, displacement per management issues, and our Memorandum of Understanding—an agreement we made regarding COVID-19—which spells out the JetBlue direction we take when exposed or ill. Read more
Effective today (8/10/2020), there will be no medical exemptions for passengers regarding the wearing of face coverings on JetBlue flights. The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) requested this change on July 26, and we applaud management’s decision to make JetBlue travel safer for all Crewmembers and passengers.
In addition, beginning today, all IFCs are required to wear either the new face mask issued by JetBlue or the disposable surgical masks that are currently distributed in base or to passengers who do not have masks. No other masks will be allowed. Read more
Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which detailed precautions specifically targeted towards flight crews in the airline industry. There are numerous safety procedures we follow on the aircraft to keep us safe, but this SAFO serves as a reminder that we must also stay safe on our overnights.
Some of the reminders from the FAA include: Read more
As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, your Union is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure that our IFCs are well-protected and informed. In addition, we are coordinating with other Unions, regulatory, and governmental agencies and keeping in close communication with JetBlue Management regarding this rapidly changing situation.
Last week, the TWU communicated with JetBlue Management on COVID-19 related issues, including schedule changes, and made recommendations to the Company to lessen the impact to IFCs. In addition, your TWU Health and Safety Committee sent a letter to JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer requesting more frequent updates on the spread of COVID-19, expanded use on gloves on the aircraft, accessible mounted hand sanitizers for passengers and crew on all aircraft, updated personal protective equipment (PPE), temporary suspension of Blue Turning, more frequent and thorough cleaning of our aircraft, protection from disciplinary action and pay protection if IFCs are quarantined, and payment for all medical costs in case of infection. While we have not received a response at this time, we will continue to advocate to ensure that our IFCs are protected at every level.
Your Health & Safety Committee wants to update you on the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and cases are confirmed in Washington state. Another case is said to have reached into the Texas A&M campus as of Thursday, January 23. Another passenger from Mexico City to Los Angeles was taken to the hospital out of caution, showing symptoms of the virus. Read more