Should An SIA Girl Sleep Among Passenger Seats?


Should An SIA Girl Sleep Among Passenger Seats?: Have you come across an SIA  (Singapore Airlines) girl sleeping beside you on a long-haul flight? If you have, you weren’t dreaming, because she was probably taking a break.

That was what one traveller, who wanted to be known as Tan, found out after he saw some Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendants resting in the last few rows of the economy-class seats on his flight back to Singapore from Christchurch, New Zealand

“I was on a long flight back, about nine hours, and I was amazed to see the stewardesses on the flight take their rest among the passengers.

“Despite this, some passengers kept asking them for drinks even though they were clearly on their break,” Tan told The New Paper.

He also questioned why the crew was not given a private rest area away from the view of other passengers.

It is understood that there are no bunks for in-flight crew onboard some SIA flights to and from Christchurch and Auckland as the aircraft used for the flights — a variant of the Boeing 777 — do not come with crew bunks. That has been the situation since last July.

SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said the absence of bunks on these flights was in line with guidelines set by the Air Operator Certificate Requirements. It states that rest is only mandatory for cabin crew members who are on duty for 14 hours or more.

“Notwithstanding that, we set aside a block of economy-class seats on medium-haul flights on the particular aircraft type for our crew to rest during breaks,” added Ionides.

On such flights, six economy-class seats are set aside for the crew members to rest. On average, SIA has 14 to 15 cabin crew members and three cockpit on a flight. Read Full Article via Yahoo Singapore