Computer Glitch Creates Pilot Shortage During Holiday Season

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A computer glitch allowed all American Airlines pilots to take vacation for the week of Christmas, leaving thousands of flights without a pilot.

The error has affected flights in major destinations, including Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago's O'Hare and New York's LaGuardia Airport, according to CNBC.

A spokesman for the carrier told TMR that "we expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season", adding "we are working diligently to address the issue ... and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays".

The airline said pilots had responded well to an offer of 1.5 times normal hourly pay to give up days off and take the unassigned flights.

For most airlines, that's good news. "Through their efforts, they have whittled it down to only a few hundred impacted flights out of the 200,000 flights American is expected to operate during the month of December".

Glitch by the world's biggest airline could see 15000 festive flights grounded
American Airlines says 'a few hundred' flights without pilots for next month

Thousands of flights American Airlines, scheduled for the end of year holidays, are for the time without drivers may be insured because of a computer bug, has it learned Wednesday, with the american company. "We just encourage passengers to check with the airline about any changes in schedules", said Colin Riccobon, a spokesman for Lehigh Valley International Airport, where American flies to Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. "The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone". The airline now offers daily flights from the Rochester International Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

In my opinion, the APA should not be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (or who stole the pilots) and allow American Airlines to "pony up" the promised cash for the pilots.

The glitch caused the scheduling system to show that American had ample staffing coverage for some planned flights when it actually didn't. It also has a higher-than-normal number of pilots on reserve during December who will fill "a good chunk" of the affected flights, he said.

However, American's pilot union, the Allied Pilots Association, expressed a contrary view, saying it has not agreed to any resolution, and complaining the company had not sought input from its members in crafting a solution.

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