I have been a Flight Attendant for over 15 years. By way of furloughs, mergers, etc. I recently underwent "initial training" number 8. EIGHT TIMES 3-5 weeks of my professional life learning THE ABSOULUTE BASICS.
As someone that has been a Flight Attendant crewmember for so many years, I resent that I must sit in a classroom for many weeks to be "taught" that seat belts must be fastened whenever the "Fasten Seat Belt Sign" is illuminated. Or that the Captain is the ultimate authority as to the command of the aircraft. Or that "sterile cockpit" is in effect for all operations beneath 10000 feet. I mean: What a waste of my time, the airline's time, and my professional abilities; to make me sit in a classroom learning these basics, when I have worked as a FA
for so long.
As a result of this new certification legislation, it will now be UNDERSTOOD that I am aware of the "basic indoctrination" topics covered in initial Flight Attendant training. I will be able to take my license to any air carrier and simply undergo the training relative to the safety/emergency procedures for their given aircraft type. Together with airline-specific policies and procedures training, I will be ready in very short order to perform the duties of Flight Attendant crewmember on that aircraft.
Parachute Packers get certified! Why in the world not certify Flight Attendant crewmembers that have shown time and again that they are on the "front-lines" of cabin safety and emergency situations?
By the way we are one of the only remaining countries that DO
NOT certify their cabin crew! Also, I used the AFA Announcement as a point of reference but my company is NON UNION and I am not a particularly pro-labor person. I thought they did a pretty good job in outlining the background of this important subject, and that is why I posted the AFA message.
Looking forward to other comments on this matter.