The majority of airlines ᴍᴀɴdate that newly hired flight attendants start their careers on “reserve.” Instead of bidding for a flight schedule, these crews are held in reserve to assist the operation in the event of crew emergencies, such as sɪᴄᴋ calls, requests for days off from more senior flight attendants, or any other situation when the airline may require extra staffing. Reserve flight attendants are essentially utilized to save flights from last-minute problems in an effort to keep the airline operating on time or to avoid cancellations. As is the case with ᴍᴀɴy delayed flights this summer, reserve flight attendants were likely called in to save the day if your recent trip was delayed due to crew concerns.
Reserves are typically compensated to wait at home until they receive a call from the crew scheduling department informing them of their upcoming flight assignment, which may require them to report to the airport in two to four hours. The reserve flight attendants’ duties occasionally don’t even include a flight. Instead, they are instructed to prepare for an uncertain journey that could last up to six days, report to the airport, and then wait for four to six hours in a warm room as they await a probable assignment.
The crew members frequently argue about what to watch on TV or attempt to nap in the hot room while waiting for the corded phone hung on the wall to ring. Everyone hopes that when the phone does ring, the crew scheduler on the other end will give them a trip to a popular destination, saving them from boredom. Coworkers who get ʟᴏsᴛ in traffic, have a flat tire on the way to work, or become unavailable due to various flight delays can be replaced by “hot reserves.”
Let’s see more detail about A month in the life – Flight Attendant on Reserve in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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