Mon, Nov 24, 2003
Don't Call Me While I Sleep
It's bad enough when
telemarketers interrupt your dinner to sell you phone service or
real estate, but if you're an airline pilot trying to get your
legally required rest between flights, a phone call from your
employer, waking you from a sound sleep to ask if you would be
willing to reschedule your flying, may leave you wishing for the
airline equivalent of a "do not call" list.
Well, thanks to a request by the Air Line Pilots Association, the
FAA has just done exactly that. In a ruling sent to ALPA earlier
this month, the FAA notified the pilots union that if a pilot
informs his company that he does not want to be called during
required rest periods, any telephone call to him from the company
will constitute a break in the requisite minimum, uninterrupted
This effectively requires airlines to maintain a "do not call
list" for their own pilots.
There's a stiff penalty for violating the "do not call" rule.
The clock for the rest period is reset to zero. For example, if a
pilot is called four hours into a scheduled eight-hour rest, he
must then be given eight uninterrupted hours starting from the time
of the phone call violation.
As part of its ruling, the FAA also said that even if a pilot
had not asked to be put on a do not call list, airlines are limited
to one contact with the pilot.
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