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Flights Slowly Resume After Computer Outage Grounds United Airlines Operations

Flights Slowly Resume After Computer Outage Grounds United Airlines Operations

United Airlines said it has begun to operate some flights following a major computer systems failure that grounded the airline Friday morning.
The outage apparently began shortly after 5:30 a.m. EDT, according to Downdetector, a service that tracks such data.
The airline issued a ground stop on all its traffic in the United States and Canada, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration website.
“I can’t log in and the phone reps can’t …

American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United, and Southwest airlines all lowered their financial forecasts for the third quarter, citing weaker bookings amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases.
American warned that the increase in coronavirus cases, thanks to the highly transmissible delta variant, would hit revenue by some 24% to 28% in Q3, compared to the same period in 2019.
Despite this, the world’s airline said that the third quarter is still on track to be its …

Airlines Scramble to Reroute Flights Away from Afghan Airspace

Airlines Scramble to Reroute Flights Away from Afghan Airspace

Major airlines across the globe scrambled Tuesday to reroute flights in order to avoid Afghan airspace as the country fell to the Taliban.
The Taliban’s victory is disrupting flights to India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The changes came as chaotic scenes were unfolding at Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, the country’s capital.
On Monday, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Flydubai all announced changes to flights to or over Afghanistan.
The disruptions in …

‘Don’t Duct Tape Passengers,’ Says United Airlines

‘Don’t Duct Tape Passengers,’ Says United Airlines

United Airlines told its flight attendants that they should not under any circumstances use duct tape to restrain a passenger to a seat.
Duct-taped passengers have been in the headlines recently, and the airline sent a memorandum, viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, to employees telling them to refrain from using this practice.
“Please remember that there are designated items onboard that may be used in difficult situations, and alternative measures such as …

Vaccine Mandates Are a ‘Basic Safety Issue,’ Says United CEO

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told President Biden in the course of a meeting to discuss national vaccination efforts that he believes that vaccine mandates for companies will become the norm in the coming weeks, as the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant, escalates.
“A few weeks from now, this is going to be something that’s widespread across the country because it’s really just a basic …

United Airlines Relaxes Hair and Tattoo Rules for Flight Attendants and Agents

United Airlines Relaxes Hair and Tattoo Rules for Flight Attendants and Agents

United Airlines plans to loosen its rules for cabin crew with respect to hair, makeup, and tattoos, it said.
Airline requirements for flight attendants are generally very strict and many carriers enforce them rigorously.
The changes, United said, are intended to “empower our employees to represent themselves in the way they feel most confident.”
Starting September 15, all customer-facing personnel at the airline will be allowed to have small visible tattoos and will …

Coronavirus News Update – August 6: United Airlines to Require All Employees to Be Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Update – August 6: United Airlines to Require All Employees to Be Vaccinated

United Airlines on Friday became the first major U.S. carrier to mandate that all employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  The airline told its 67,000 employees that they must get inoculated by October 25.
“We have no greater responsibility to you and your colleagues than to ensure your safety when you’re at work and the facts are crystal clear: Everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated,” said the airline’s CEO, Scott …