As if holiday travel had to be any more complicated, the pilots union for American Airlines says thousands of flights for next month don’t have scheduled pilots.
The Allied Pilots Association says (via CBS LA) that a glitch in the system that bids for pilots’ time off is to blame for the possible pilot shortage.
“As a result, thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period,” the union said in a release.
American Airlines is now offering pilots 150 percent of their normal hourly wages in order to fill the flights.
“We are working through this to make sure we take care of our pilots and get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays,” said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller.
There has been no further word on how pilots will be assigned to the remaining flights, or if any of the remaining flights will be cancelled.
American Airlines is the largest carrier in the U.S.