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(ABC News)   Cool: American Airlines increases coach leg room Bad: Mid-flight   ( divider line
    More: Scary, American Airlines, Americans, emergency landing, AMR Corp., John F. Kennedy International Airport, Scott McCartney  
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2012-10-01 12:16:26 PM  
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Firethorn: This makes sense. A 20% increase in 'sick calls' shouldn't result in a delay of 40% of flights; the company should be large enough that it has enough spare pilots to keep planes on time short of an epidemic(which would increase sick calls a lot more than 20%).

it could, cascading failure and FAA hour limits
Max a pilot can do is 100hrs a month. Most airlines put their pilots pretty close to the limit. If each pilot does an avg of say 80hrs , than it takes 4 pilots putting in an extra 20hours to make up for one pilot being off sick.
So if you have 100 pilots, and 20 miss their full 80 hours, say do 60 hours instead, that leaves an extra 400 hours, or 5 hours each for the other 80 pilots to pick up pushing them to 85 hours a month. Planes often are delayed or storms pop up making flights longer. It would be easy for other pilots to hit their daily (8hr) limit and add more time to be picked up by other pilots.

Also, because it's my favorite gif of all time, the wikipedia gif for cascading failure:
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2012-10-01 12:11:58 PM  
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Now the TSA is going to start restricting the carry-on and use of impact wrenches in Coach.

Thanks a lot American Airlines!
2012-10-01 11:42:45 AM  
1 vote:
I hope they tighten the bolts that hold the wings and engines on on a regular basis.
2012-10-01 11:35:25 AM  
1 vote:
"The union says it has nothing to do with this".
Really? The unions no longer are responsible for maintenance???
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