We have all heard the horror stories about the bugs, flooded floors, construction, and noisy neighbors. Most of us even have a story or two of our own, but we shouldn’t have to suffer through sleepless nights due to the quality of a hotel. The Hotel Committee is here to investigate flight attendant complaints and to periodically check on how hotels are performing. Where we see problems, we are committed to correcting them. The purpose of this committee is to investigate Flight Attendants’ complaints about hotel facilities, and also to periodically check these facilities for any decline in quality. Our Chairperson will survey potential facilities and attempt to eliminate or avoid possible problems.
Alonzo Hutchinson (Co-Chair)
Ken Moore (Co-Chair)
Layover Safety Tips
Flight Attendants are responsible for and required to check safety equipment on-board the aircraft, as well as, be vigilant in surveying activity during a flight, for security purposes. It’s instinctive to follow these procedures; so why not implement the same precautions while on a layover. Here are some helpful tips to consider when at a hotel and on a layover for your safety:
- Do not mention room numbers in the presence of other hotel guests and request hotel staff not to announce your room number.
- Insist that the crew sign-in sheet be kept in a secure place.
- Try to have rooms assigned close to fellow crew members, if possible.
- Prior to closing the room door, check your room with a fellow crew member and use your suitcase to prop the door open.
- When you are alone on the layover, you might consider requesting hotel security or other staff to escort you to your room and wait while you inspect the entire room.
- Check closets, under beds, behind drapes and the bathroom
- Ensure the phone is working and you can directly dial 911 or other emergency number, if needed and it’s locally available.
- Take note of the number of fire exits, where they are located and if re-entry is possible from floor to floor.
- Once inside the room and the door is closed, use all available door and window locks.
- While at the layover hotel, keep personal luggage in your possession or secured at all times. Leave valuables at home or place them in the hotel safe.
- Place your room key and your flashlight at your bedside and keep in mind that we stay in some areas subject to earthquakes and tornadoes, so review available hotel emergency procedures.
- Verify with the front desk the identity of anyone at your room door, including room service, before allowing them inside.
Addressing our layover safety and security is the priority for our Hotel and Transportation Committee. If you experience an incident that compromises safety, be sure to document the event through our MEC website, under “forms” for Hotel & Transportation Report. The MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee Chair will investigate and resolve the situation, promptly.