Flight attendants would like to see the United States Department of Transportation establish a specific set of guidelines for acceptable cabin temperature.[[290815791,R]]
This week, flight attendants under the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and Local 556 for the Transport Workers Union will distribute 60,000 keychain thermometers to flight attendants.
Flight attendant unions will also roll out “2hot2cold,” a new app available for both airline crews and passengers. Users will be able to send information on cabin temperature and flight details.
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AFA represents major U.S. carriers, such as Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines.
"Flight Attendants face these extreme conditions all too often," the AFA wrote on its website. "To make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. We define the problem with reports to get it fixed."
Concern has been building within the industry regarding overly hot or cold planes stuck at the gate. In June 2017, a baby on board a hot plane grounded on the tarmac for two hours was rushed to the hospital with heat-related symptoms.
Currently, there's no standard temperature set for aircraft cabin temperatures.