American Airlines, a major airline who operates mostly in America, has encountered a holiday nightmare for themselves and their passengers. The airline’s computers malfunctioned and allowed more pilots to take a Christmas vacation than was anticipated, leaving thousands of flights without pilots to fly them. This has sent the airline scrambling to bring their pilots back, offering a 1.5x pay than normal for pilots who are willing to give up their vacation. As of this post being created, this story has reached the Google trending page and many media sources are following the story. You can find an article from the LA Times in the link down below:
I believe that this is on one hand a blessing in disguise for pilots who want to be with family on Christmas, but a disaster for passengers and American. I believe that the airline should either raise the extra pay, as I think this is way too little for what they’re asking of the pilots, or they should re-book passengers with other airlines. Then again, if I were one of the pilots given a vacation with family, I would prioritize family time.