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SALT LAKE CITY - AUGUST 12: A Delta Airlines jet taxies for take-off at the Salt Lake International Airport August 12, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The resent increase in fuel prices has forced some airlines to raise ticket prices and may force some such as Delta into bankruptcy. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Delta made a big announcement this week; they will become the first US airline to pay their flight attendants for boarding time.

If you’re like me, you probably had no idea that flight attendants weren’t getting paid during the boarding process. As soon as you walk on a plane, the flight attendants are there greeting you, so I just figured they were already, “on the clock.” The truth is though, flight attendants are often not paid until the boarding door closes.

According to Insider,  Delta sent out an internal memo that revealed a new pay structure for boarding time that will start June 2nd. Flight attendants for Delta will make 50% of their hourly wage for boarding. Boarding times vary from 40-50 minutes sometimes, so it is crazy to me that the flight attendants weren’t originally getting paid for this.

The boarding pay adjustment is going to be done on scheduled boarding times though, so flight attendants are not paid extra for extended delays on the ground.

Delta will become the first US airline carrier to do this, and I think other companies should follow suit.

Employees have been pushing for Unionization which has clearly had an affect on the company’s choices, and I for one think it is a good thing. People should be paid for every minute of work done.