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Protect passenger safety: Tell your MP it’s unacceptable to compromise safety on airlines
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Dear Member Transport Canada is willing to take a chance on the safety and security of airline passengers. Are you? After granting exemptions from the current flight attendant staffing regulation to WestJet and Sunwing last year, Transport Canada now wants to let all airlines decide what standard they will apply on their aircrafts, the current and safety-proven ratio of 1 flight attendant for every 40 passengers or a new ratio of 1 flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats. I am deeply concerned about the proposed change. Many aircraft will have at least one less flight attendant on board at full passenger loads. This will put passenger safety at risk, especially in the event of an evacuation or other emergency situation. The ability to deal with onboard security incidents will also be reduced. Transport Canada intends to have the change in effect rapidly, no matter what the negative consequences may be. Furthermore, the department wants to proceed with this change without any involvement by Parliamentarians. The Transport Committee should carefully study the regulatory change proposed by Transport Canada. As a Member of Parliament, you must fly frequently and so you will understand that fewer flight attendants mean less safety and security and more risk for passengers. The case in favour of the “1 to 40” flight attendant staffing ratio is strong. I respectfully ask you to contact your colleagues on the Transport Committee and ask them to launch a public inquiry of proposed regulatory change as soon as possible.
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