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American Airlines Christmas-Without-Pilots Fallout: An Anxious Holiday

American Airlines Christmas-Without-Pilots Fallout: An Anxious Holiday
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By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:45 PM

American Airlines’ no-pilots-for-Christmas fallout could have a ripple effect that sees anxious passengers, who want to ensure seats going to and returning from the holidays, jumping to other airlines and modes of travel.

Unless somehow fixed, a computer glitch that let too many pilots off for the holidays will leave thousands of American flights without air crews, especially at large hubs like Miami, New York’s LaGuardia, Chicago's O'Hare and American's own hub in Dallas-Forth Worth, Elite Daily reported.

This could lead to packed flights, airfare hikes and long itineraries reminiscent of flying into and out of Florida during hurricane Marie, and from Puerto Rico to Miami during hurricane Irma, the Miami Herald reported, or your own personal travel holiday nightmare.

An estimated 15,000 American flights are affected and the opening of the holiday travel period is just two weeks away.

While American and the pilots union are squabbling, with no concrete solution in sight, the anxiety level has already ramped up on social media.

The Allied Pilots Association said management of American Airlines “disclosed a failure within the pilot schedule bidding system” and as a result, “thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period.”

"If not fixed, it will inconvenience a lot of passengers ... that's a big number ... that's multiple days' worth of flying," APA communications director Gregg Overman said, per CBS News.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller assured Bloomberg that the problem would be corrected in time for the Christmas holidays.

“We are working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season,” Miller said.

Part of the airlines’ plan to resolve the situation entails offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly rate to pick up certain open trips, to which the APA responded by filing a grievance, saying the proposed solution was in violation of its contract because in doing so, the airlines “unilaterally invoked a solution for crewing affected flights,” according to USA Today.

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