Crew rest compartment
A crew rest compartment (crew rest) is section of an airliner dedicated for breaks and sleeping by the staff.
On long flights, crew members may sleep in the crew rests during their break periods. Federal Aviation Regulations have provisions requiring crew rest areas be provided in order to operate a long flight by using multiple crew shifts.
Crew rests compartments may not normally be used during taxi, takeoff, or landing maneuvers (TT&L). In flight crew rests that contain standard seats, an exception may be made to allow seated crew during TT&L.
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. 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:
- Class 1 rest facility: This class requires access to an area physically separated from the flight deck and the passenger cabin; contain bunks or other flat areas for sleeping; have provisions for sound and lighting isolation.
- Class 2 rest facility: This class requires access to at least a lie flat seat and separation from passengers by a curtain.
- Class 3 rest facility: This class only requires a cabin seat that is able to recline and has foot support.
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