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American Airlines Gave Too Many Pilots Days Off & Now There's No One To Fly The Planes

(Last Updated On: November 29, 2017)

A glitch in American Airlines’ pc system has left 1000’s of vacation flights sans pilot.

The airline’s scheduling system allowed for a lot of pilots to take days off concurrently, and so they did — across the holidays. This has induced fairly a large number, since there at the moment are scores of flights with out pilots, together with in a few of the nation’s largest hubs, like New York City’s JFK and LaGuardia, Chicago’s O’Hare, Miami, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Now, American Airlines, which is the biggest service within the U.S., is providing its pilots 150% of their hourly pay to get them to work on these days, a spokesperson for the corporate informed CNBC.

“The airline is a 24/7 op,” Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines captain, informed CNBC. “The system went from responsibly scheduling everyone to turning into Santa Claus to everybody.

“The pc stated, ‘Hey y’all. You need the times off? You obtained it.'”

American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller stated the airline is “working diligently” to address the issue in order to avoid cancellations. He said the airline will work with the Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents about 15,000 of its pilots, “to care for our pilots and guarantee we get our clients to the place they should go over the vacations.”

Meanwhile, folks on Twitter collectively freaked out.


Oh god, we’re so embarrassed for that poor worker.


This actually is an HR nightmare.


Be good to airline staff!




Home Alone jokes? Sure, why not.


Santa’s reindeer! Brilliant plan.

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