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Calling On & Calling Off Sick Leave

Date: October 18, 2019


As we enter the cold and flu season, we encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of our negotiated health care benefits which includes preventative medication such as flu shots.  Given the diversity of the passengers we carry on our aircraft and that they come from all corners of the world, the various types of flu strains, despite our best preventative measures, can prove challenging to our well-being. With cold and flu season around the corner, we encourage everyone to take care of themselves.  Hand washing is among the strongest of preventative measures you can take while in the work environment. In the event the preventive measures don’t protect you fully, it’s possible you may become ill. When that happens and you are too sick to come to work, you should act to protect yourself as well as your flying partners and customers.  Flight Attendants must notify the company’s designated Crew Desk to place her/himself on sick leave. She/he will remain on sick leave status until she/he notifies the company that she/he is coming off sick leave.

There are two methods by which you may place yourself on sick leave: 

1)    A Flight Attendant may place her/himself on sick leave through the electronic system using the Sick Notification function in CCS which can be accessed from Scheduling > Sick Notification.  You may send a notification placing yourself on sick leave through the electronic system prior to 0900 home domicile time (HDT) of the day prior to a scheduled assignment or Reserve availability day.  Or,

2)    After 0900 HDT of the calendar day prior to an eligible assignment, Flight Attendants at all bases must call the Flight Attendant Support Team (FAST) directly to place themselves on sick leave.

Always provide as much notice as possible but at least 8:00 hours prior to scheduled departure time, except in an emergency.

Once you have called to place yourself on sick leave, you will remain on sick leave status until you are ready to return to work and you must call to place yourself off sick leave. Call FLTLINE at 1-800-FLT-LINE option 4 option 1 to call off sick leave and return to flight status. When calling off sick leave, you must notify the company (via FLTLINE) not less than eight (8) hours prior to departure.

Please review Sick Leave Procedures and Releasing Sick List Trips on our website at www.unitedafa.org or contact your Local Council Office for more information.

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