Union: American Airlines Has No Pilots For Flights For Holiday Rush

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SEXUAL BEHAVIOR TONIGHT. NOW TO A DEVELOPING STORY THAT COULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON TRAVELERS AS WE COME CLOSER TO THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. A SCHEDULING CONFLICT COULD MEAN THAT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PILOTS TO FLY THESE SCHEDULED FLIGHTS. WE’RE LIVE AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL WITH MORE ON THE PROBLEM AND THE PLAN TO CORRECTED. Reporter: IT IS BUSINESS AS USUAL RIGHT NOW. THINGS COULD LOOK VERY DIFFERENT IF THE AIRLINE DOES NOT ADDRESS A STAFFING ISSUE QUICKLY. LET ME TAKE YOU INSIDE THE AIRPORT WHERE BUSINESS IS RUNNING AS USUAL. WE ARE TOLD THAT A COMPUTER GLITCH WHERE AMERICAN AIRLINES BID FOR TIME OFF FAILED. UNION REPRESENTING THE PILOT TELLS US A MUCH LARGER THAN NORMAL PILOT — GROUP OF PILOTS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR VACATION BETWEEN DECEMBER 17 AND 31. MORE THAN 15,000 AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHTS OF MAY BE AT RISK OF BEING CANCELED BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFFING. ONE PASSENGER WAS ALREADY STRESSED. THIS NEWS MADE HIM EVEN MORE CONCERNED. WHEN YOUR FLIGHT PLANS DON’T WORK YOU ARE LEFT STRANDED. WE JUST MISSED A FLIGHT AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER 45 MINUTES. WE ARE ON STANDBY. IT IS A REAL PAIN. AMERICAN SAID WE ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE ADDICKS ACT TO — AND EXPECT TO REMEDY THE SITUATION. WE ARE PAYING PILOTS MORE AND WE WILL WORK WITH THE UNION TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PILOTS ENSURE WE GET OUR CUSTOMERS WHERE THEY NEED TO GO OVER THE HOLIDAYS. THE UNION ALSO ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING IT IS NOT WANTING TO INCONVENIENCE PASSENGERS. THAT IS MULTIPLE DAYS WORTH OF FLYING. THIS ISSUE IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN MANY OF US UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THERE IS ALSO A CONTRACTUAL ISSUE WITH PILOTS AND THE NUMBER OF TRICK — TRIPS THEY CAN TAKE. GRIEVANCES HAVE BEEN FILED. PASSENGERS WILL BE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. IF YOU ARE TRAVELING, PAY

 

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