Crew rest compartment

A crew rest compartment (crew rest) is section of an airliner dedicated for breaks and sleeping by the staff.

Picture of a crew rest compartment showing bunks and seats
A multiple-bunk Class 1 crew rest compartment.

Crew rests may be located above or adjacent to the passenger compartment.[1] Crew rest compartments are normally segregated, with separate compartments for the flight crew and the cabin crew.[2]

On long flights, crew members may sleep in the crew rests during their break periods.[3] Federal Aviation Regulations have provisions requiring crew rest areas be provided in order to operate a long flight by using multiple crew shifts.[4]

Passengers are restricted from accessing crew rest compartments by regulations, additionally their entrances may be secured by locks and may require ascending a ladder to access.[5]

Crew rests compartments may not normally be used during taxi, takeoff, or landing maneuvers (TT&L).[6] In flight crew rests that contain standard seats, an exception may be made to allow seated crew during TT&L.[7]

The Federal Aviation Administration defines three classes of crew rest facilities, the types required to be available depend on the number of crew and the duration of the flight.[8] Crew rest periods may be provided in higher classed rest areas then required, for example some airplanes may not have a class 2 rest facility, providing breaks in a crew rest.

Rest facility classifications from highest to lowest:


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