American Airlines computer glitch could cause your flight to be canceled

Jon Howard
November 30, 2017

The Allied Pilots Association estimated the number of affected flights, from December 17 to December 31, based on information provided by the carrier, said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union.

The system is supposed to allow pilots to bid based on seniority for vacation time, according to a report from CBS in Dallas.

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

The Allied Pilots Association, which represents some 15,000 American Airlines pilots, said the airline notified the union about a problem with the pilots' schedule bidding system last Friday.

"The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone", said American captain Dennis Tajer, according to CNBC.

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American pared share gains on the news, climbing 1.3 percent to $49.86 at 1:51 NY, easily the smallest gain on a Standard & Poor's index of the five biggest US airlines.

"We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150% of their hourly rate". "This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they've gone solo". The APA has filed a grievance, saying the proposed solution violates its labor contract.

As of early on Wednesday, the union said management had still not reached out to discuss how best to resolve the shortage.

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", a spokesman told Reuters.

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