Are Flight Attendants Underpaid?

Are flight attendants underpaid?

Working as a flight attendant is a dream job for many people. They get to travel the world, work a flexible schedule and earn a lot of money.

However, while the job sounds glamorous and exciting, there are some things you should know before you decide to make it your career path. For starters, flight attendants typically work long hours that may include holidays and nights. This can cause problems if you have children or other important events happening at home.

Several airlines pay their crews per flying block hour, which includes everything from boarding and deplaning to taking the aircraft to its next destination. But some flight attendants claim that these payments aren’t enough to cover the amount of time they spend working.

The problem is that flight attendants’ salaries are based on the number of flights they work, not how many hours they actually spend working. This means that a flight attendant who is on three or four different flights in the same day could be missing out on a lot of pay, even if they’re only working for 20 minutes each flight.

For this reason, some flight attendants are taking WestJet to court. Two flight attendants with years of experience on the Canadian carrier say that their wages aren’t adequate and that they should be paid for the time they spend travelling to and from work.

Some flight attendants aren’t even being paid for the time they spend in the airport prior to their flight. During these times, they’re often waiting around to check in with their luggage and in uniform before the plane takes off.

This is not only an unpaid expense, but it’s also an unfair one. It’s like truckers being paid by the mile but never being paid for their commute time to and from the loading docks.

According to CBC News, the issue has been a point of contention between cabin crew and WestJet for a while. The airline has declined to comment on the issue, but it has previously stated that it will begin paying its flight attendants for their time spent in the airport before and after flights.

The lawsuit against WestJet is part of a growing movement by flight attendants to unionize, following the recent successful pilots’ unionization. The Calgary-based airline has also reportedly tried to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with flight attendants, but it hasn’t been successful so far.

Counting the missed pay

While many flight attendants complain that they have to work long hours for a low salary, it’s not always as simple as it sounds. If you’re working on a regional airline, for instance, you might have to work up to five or six flights in a day. Add that to your regular workday and you might find yourself missing out on a few hundred dollars of pay in just one day.

If you think that this is a problem, you should consider talking to a lawyer. They might be able to help you get the money you deserve.