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Thu Nov 30 04:51:07

American Airlines glitch let all pilots take vacay for holidays

Thousands of flights may be in jeopardy now, but the airline is apparently offering incentives to get pilots to stay on and work.

Ian Sherr

November 29, 2017 1:32 PM PST

Good news, you already booked your flight for the holidays. But it's bad news if you booked it with American Airlines.

A computer glitch at the company, one of the largest airlines in the world, apparently allowed all its pilots to take vacation during the busy holiday travel time.

The system is supposed to let pilots bid for vacation time based on seniority, according to a report from CBS in Dallas. But that's not how it worked out.

"As a result, thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period," the pilot's union, called the Allied Pilot's Association, said in a statement.

American, for its part, said in a statement that it is offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly wage to work some shifts over the holidays and that it plans to work with the pilot's union to help resolve the issue.

The APA said in its statement that it hasn't so far been asked by American to help find solutions.

"This is certainly not routine," Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union, told Bloomberg News. "This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they've gone solo."

So on top of making sure your kid isn't stuck home alone or that the Grinch hasn't stolen Christmas, you'll have to worry about whether your airplane will take off. Considering that 30 million people are expected to take to the skies for the holidays this year, that's a lot of potentially ruined holidays.


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