Flght Attendant Jumpseat Rider Briefing Card
Flight Attendant jumpseat briefing card for when jumpseat riders end up actually in a jumpseat.
Many airlines in the United States have an agreement where flight attendants from one airline may jumpseat on another airline at no cost to the flight attendant. This is often extended only to crewmembers that are trying to go to or from a flight assignment and not for personal travel.
More often than not, flight attendants are permitted to jumpseat yet they are provided a passenger seat. Seldom are they assigned an empty flight attendant jumpseat. Should a jump seating flight attendant be assigned to an actual flight attendant jumpseat, a member of the working crew of that flight must ensure that the flight attendant jumpseating on their aircraft receives the appropriate safety briefing.
You may wonder, why would a flight attendant need to receive a safety briefing when they themselves perform a safety briefing to passengers every time they go to work? The answer is twofold. First, regulations require that all passengers must be briefed on the safety features of that aircraft prior to takeoff for each flight. Second, persons on board the airplane fall into one of two categories: they are either a working crewmember, or they are a passenger. While it is true that flight attendants are offered additional privileges, such as being able to sit in a flight attendant seat when not working, they are still considered passengers with regard to the safety briefing.
The regulation that requires all passengers to receive a safety briefing prior to each takeoff is 14 CFR 121.571 Briefing passengers before takeoff.
(a) Each certificate holder operating a passenger-carrying airplane shall insure that all passengers are orally briefed by the appropriate crewmember as follows:
(1) Before each takeoff, on each of the following:
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(c) The certificate holder shall describe in its manual the procedure to be followed in the briefing required by paragraph (a) of this section.
If the flight operates overwater, there is an additional regulation the airline must be in compliance: 14 CFR 121.573 Briefing passengers: Extended overwater operations.
Since the flight attendant riding the jumpseat is not assigned to work that flight, and this applies to flight attendants of the same airline not assigned as a working crewmember and flight attendants from other airlines wanting to jumpseat on the aircraft, each person must receive a safety demonstration briefing. When you consider the status of the jumpseat rider, although they are riding in the jumpseat, they are treated as passengers. That means during the safety briefing, they are most likely in an aft jumpseat with their harness fastened. They will not be able to see the safety demonstration being performed as they are not allowed out of their seat to stand and watch. This is where the flight attendant jumpseat briefing card becomes useful in ensuring all necessary topics are covered.
Considering flight attendants are knowledgeable of aircraft through aircraft ground training as most aircraft have equipment similarities regardless of the make, model, or series of any airplane. Certain features are standard on all aircraft, including the emergency equipment on board, so the individual briefing will not necessarily be as detailed for them, as compared to someone who does not work as a crewmember, for example, someone from the airline’s accounting department.
Creating a jumpseat briefing card takes the burden off of the flight attendants trying to determine what they need to brief the person in the jumpseat, as well as keep it concise. The briefing card can be a part of the flight attendant manual with its own heading. Doing it this way the card is revised per normal manual revision procedures and does not require a unique form number, revision number or revision date..
Alternatively, if you decide to create a jumpseat briefing card as an extract, remember you must assign a form control number, a revision number, and a revision date to ensure the jumpseat briefing card is kept current.
This briefing card shall be used by the Purser or designee while conducting a preflight briefing to anyone authorized to occupy a flight attendant jumpseat.
The form should contain the following content and edited to match the installed equipment on that aircraft.