Flight attendants operate under the decades old Railway Labor Act. They are not covered by most current work regulations, such as an 8 hour day, breaks, nor do they get paid overtime. It depends upon the individual contract with the airline as to when they get paid. MOST flight attendants do not get paid from the time they report to work at the airport, nor do they get paid for boarding or deplaning. They get paid from the time the door closes and brakes are released to the time that the aircraft is parked at the gate and the brakes are set, aka "flight time."