Computer Glitch Leaves Thousands of American Airlines Flights Around the Holidays Without Pilots

By Anna Breuer on 29 November 2017
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DSC_0833A software glitch may have left American Airlines with thousands of flights without sufficient crew during the holiday travel season in December, according to its pilots union.

The Allied Pilots Union said Wednesday that its estimates, based on information provided by the airline, show that some 15,000 flights from December 17 through December 31 are affected.

“On Friday, management disclosed a failure within the pilot schedule bidding system,” the union said in a message to its members on its website. “As a result, thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period.”

American said it plans to correct the problem and that no flights should be cancelled as a result.

The Fort Worth-based carrier is offering pilots 150% of their normal pay to pick up additional flights during the second half of December.

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