BULLETIN NUMBER: FSAT 01- FA
BULLETIN TITLE: Number of
Flight Attendants Required at
Stops Where Passengers Remain Onboard,
Sections 121.391 and 121.393
EFFECTIVE DATE: XX
/ XX /01
APPLICABILITY: This bulletin applies to operations
1. PURPOSE. This bulletin clarifies
guidance on the number of flight attendants that
are required to be on board an airplane at stops where passengers remain
onboard, for all airplanes operated
under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations ( 14
121. This bulletin replaces Air
Carrier Operations Bulletin (ACOB)
1-94-2, Number of Flight Attendants Required when
Aircraft is Parked at the Gate.
A. In 1985,
John Cassady, Assistant Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),
AGC-200, issued a legal interpretation that stated that during the boarding and
deplaning process, all of the flight attendants required by 14 CFR
section 121.391(a) must be onboard the aircraft. During deplaning or boarding at all points, including an
intermediate stop, the full FAA minimum flight attendant complement must be
onboard. The only time the number may
be reduced, per 14 CFR
(formerly codified at 14 CFR section 121.391(e)), is when all remaining on - board passengers are continuing on to the next
destination and at a time when no other passengers are deplaning or boarding.
B. Various communications
from Flight Standards and a past rulemaking project on this issue may have
contributed to some confusion regarding compliance with the regulation. Flight Standards issued ACOB 1-94-2 in an
attempt to clarify Flight Standards policy but it appears that further
clarification may be needed. It is the
position of Flight Standards that pending any amendment to section 121.393, the
current regulations require the following:
the passenger boarding and deplaning phase on each flight, all of the flight
attendants required by section 121.391(a) must be on
board the airplane.
an intermediate stop where passengers remain on board , the number of required flight attendants, or
persons trained in emergency procedures as per 121.39 1 (b)(2) , may be reduced according to section
121.393(b). However, during the
deplaning and boarding phase at an intermediate stop where passengers remain on
board , all of the flight attendants required by section 121.391(a)
must be on board the airplane.
Inspectors and Cabin Safety Inspectors should review the
procedures that their
assigned certificate holders
have in place to ensure that they are in compliance
with sections 121.391 and 121.393.
INQUIRIES. This bulletin was
developed by AFS- 220. Any questions concerning this bulletin
should be directed to Nancy Claussen, AFS-220, at ( 202) 267-8166.
EXPIRATION. This bulletin will
remain in effect until further notice.
Gregory L. Michael
Air Transportation Division