American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

A glitch in the scheduling system that allows employees to request time off based on seniority was responsible for the shortage of pilots for flights from december 17-31, Reuters reported.

The new and the old visual design of American Airlines together at Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida.

The Allied Pilots Association, the union representing American Airlines' pilots, said Tuesday that a glitch in the system that allows pilots to bid for time off left thousands of flights without pilots assigned to them. The union wants input with American to find a solution that will motivate pilots to give up vacation they've already been granted after years of working over the holidays, according to Dennis Tajer, an APA spokesman. "You got it.'" Uh, score?

Pilots were notified of the error on Friday.

Jalopnik reached out to both the union and American Airlines to confirm these numbers, and will update if we hear back from the union.

According to Bloomberg, the airline is offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly wage to cover the impacted flights. We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays. Jalopnik has asked about this, as well as the reference to "certain" open trips.

American says it has fixed the glitch, but it remains to be seen how the company plans to staff its flights without causing a large number of cancellations. Jalopnik has also asked American Airlines for comment on the grievance's claims of it being in violation of the contract.

This could mean that a great deal of flights are cancelled or unable to fly as American Airlines scrambles to fix the issue over the festive period.

"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening".

"This is certainly not routine", Tajer said.

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