November 11. Chaos at Southwest and American Airlines in recent weeks, which stranded thousands of travelers with flight cancellations, has raised concerns for the airline industry beyond the busy holiday season.
There are new worries the recent cancellation chaos could be indicative of an even bigger problem regarding safety.
Former National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jim Hall is sounding the alarm. He says the furloughs, layoffs and early retirements at the beginning of the pandemic have left airlines short-staffed and without some of their most experienced pilots, mechanics and flight attendants. At the same time, demand for air travel is taking off.
“It appears that some of the airlines are attempting to meet this demand, not in a very structured way, but in a haphazard way,” Hall told FOX Business.
Meanwhile, unions for pilots and flight attendants complain they’re being spread thin. The Association of Flight Attendants says its members are “exhausted.”
Source: Fox Business