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American Airlines Computer Glitch Leaves Thousands of Flights Understaffed During the Holidays

American Airlines Computer Glitch Leaves Thousands of Flights Understaffed During the Holidays

According to the Allied Pilots Association, a union which reported the news to its members, over 15,000 flights from December 17 to December 31 now do not have enough personnel.

A spokesman for the airline said Wednesday that American expects to avoid canceling flights by paying overtime and using reserve pilots.

The airline is now offering 150 percent of hourly wages for pilots willing to work those dates, an airline spokesperson told CNBC. but that's not exactly an eye-popping compensation increase in the face of what is a pretty darn messy snafu. At a minimum, the carrier is likely to face higher labor costs just as investors are stepping up scrutiny of airline expenses. "There's going to be a lot of midnight oil spent on it, but I think they'll get the vast majority of them covered one way or another". "This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they've gone solo", he said. A grievance filed by the union requires union login credentials, preventing Jalopnik from accessing it. Jalopnik has reached out to the union in regards to this, as well as how the union has advised pilots to approach offers from American Airlines in the meantime, and has yet to hear back.

The Allied Pilots Association, however, said in a public statement that American Airlines' solution for crewing the flights is in violation of its contract.

"This is certainly not routine", Tajer said. American has made adjustments to the system and expects it to operate smoothly from now on.

Bloomberg reported that flights affected are from Dallas, Boston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Charlotte.

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