In November, U.S. aviation and labor agencies attempted to expand some workplace protections to all flight attendants—something airline unions have been seeking since 1975, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took over jurisdiction of these matters. Many flight attendants complain about poor air quality and excessive exposure to loud noise and radiation.
The new policy turned jurisdiction of these working conditions over to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The policy announced today with the FAA will not only enhance the health and safety of flight attendants by connecting them directly with OSHA, but will by extension improve the flying experience of millions of airline passengers,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Congress will require the FAA to outline how it plans to apply OSHA requirements and guidelines to airlines.
Expanding federal oversight of the working conditions for flight attendants to OSHA is a great idea. It falls more in line with what OSHA deals with on a daily basis than the FAA.
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