They're on the front lines in the nation's Skies, dealing with safety in-flight emergencies and bad behavior.
For years, flight attendants have complained they're overworked and overstressed. As Federal rules allowed them to work 14-hour days with nine hours of rest between ships.
Today the FAA ordered flight attendants must get a minimum of 10 hours rest. - They need just as much rest, because flight attendants are the foundation of aviation safety's culture starting with cabin safety.
It comes after Airlines asked all crew members to work extra shifts during the summer travel surge.
It's not just the full flights and the overtime flight attendants continue to deal with this increase, in unruly sometimes even violent behavior on board their planes.
This has been the most challenging time in the history of our aviation. - While some airlines have already adopted the new rest rules.
这是我们航空史上最具挑战性的时刻。 - 一些航空公司已经采用了新的休息规定。
They must all comply after the new year, meanwhile 43 percent of Americans are planning to pay more to travel this holiday season.
But a new bank rate survey finds nearly 8 out of 10 are changing their plans due to inflation, roughly a quarter say they'll travel fewer days and shorter distances.
Drive instead of fly and select less expensive destinations or hotels, a third say holiday travel plans will strain their budgets.
They still want to travel, they still want to have the big holiday meal and all the gifts under the tree, but they're going to try to cut some corners⁽¹⁾ and do it differently.
The time to buy airline tickets say travel pros is now, Tom Costello NBC News Washington.