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|Locale Reference||airport : mia.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Anomaly||non adherence : company policies|
non adherence : far
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other other : 2|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
I was captain of flight. Upon arrival at aircraft, I was informed by flight attendant crew that they were very tired and had very little sleep on layover. I pulled up computer information to verify their story. They all looked very tired. Upon review of their sequence, I determined they had 6 hours 15 mins behind the door. Allowing for 1 hour get up time and minimum of 15 mins to undress, prepare, and go to sleep, they had approximately 5 hours 30 mins sleep. This is inadequate and unsafe. Further review indicated that their next layover after limo trip from XXX would be similar and not allow sufficient sleep time. I pulled up the sequence this am and determined that, although they were required a 10 hour layover, they got 9 hours behind the door and approximately 7 hours and 30 mins to sleep after minimum sleep the previous night. The departure time was slipped 1 hour to give them the minimum resulting in excessive inconvenience to our passenger and our reliability. I offered to remove the crew at mia for fatigue but they begged to fly because of the loss of pay and company harassment associated with flight attendant sick calls. In hindsight, I should have removed the crew and will do so next time. This act of minimum flight attendant crews associated with unrealistic sleep on layovers can only negatively affect the safety of our operation and should be changed immediately.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A B737 CAPT RPTED THAT HIS FLT ATTENDANT CREW WAS NOT WELL RESTED UPON RPTING FOR DUTY AT MIA.
Narrative: I WAS CAPT OF FLT. UPON ARR AT ACFT, I WAS INFORMED BY FLT ATTENDANT CREW THAT THEY WERE VERY TIRED AND HAD VERY LITTLE SLEEP ON LAYOVER. I PULLED UP COMPUTER INFO TO VERIFY THEIR STORY. THEY ALL LOOKED VERY TIRED. UPON REVIEW OF THEIR SEQUENCE, I DETERMINED THEY HAD 6 HRS 15 MINS BEHIND THE DOOR. ALLOWING FOR 1 HR GET UP TIME AND MINIMUM OF 15 MINS TO UNDRESS, PREPARE, AND GO TO SLEEP, THEY HAD APPROX 5 HRS 30 MINS SLEEP. THIS IS INADEQUATE AND UNSAFE. FURTHER REVIEW INDICATED THAT THEIR NEXT LAYOVER AFTER LIMO TRIP FROM XXX WOULD BE SIMILAR AND NOT ALLOW SUFFICIENT SLEEP TIME. I PULLED UP THE SEQUENCE THIS AM AND DETERMINED THAT, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE REQUIRED A 10 HR LAYOVER, THEY GOT 9 HRS BEHIND THE DOOR AND APPROX 7 HRS AND 30 MINS TO SLEEP AFTER MINIMUM SLEEP THE PREVIOUS NIGHT. THE DEP TIME WAS SLIPPED 1 HR TO GIVE THEM THE MINIMUM RESULTING IN EXCESSIVE INCONVENIENCE TO OUR PAX AND OUR RELIABILITY. I OFFERED TO REMOVE THE CREW AT MIA FOR FATIGUE BUT THEY BEGGED TO FLY BECAUSE OF THE LOSS OF PAY AND COMPANY HARASSMENT ASSOCIATED WITH FLT ATTENDANT SICK CALLS. IN HINDSIGHT, I SHOULD HAVE REMOVED THE CREW AND WILL DO SO NEXT TIME. THIS ACT OF MINIMUM FLT ATTENDANT CREWS ASSOCIATED WITH UNREALISTIC SLEEP ON LAYOVERS CAN ONLY NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE SAFETY OF OUR OP AND SHOULD BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.