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Why Are American Airlines Employees Falling Ill?

This weekend American Airlines was forced to cancel flights due to an employee shortage and alleged “maintenance issues.”

What’s really going on? Yahoo News reports:

Hundreds of American Airlines flights have been canceled this weekend and Monday because of significant staffing and maintenance issues.

As of Sunday afternoon, 123 flights were canceled Saturday, 178 on Sunday and 97 were canceled for Monday – largely the result of a high number of sick calls, combined with maintenance and other staffing issues.

American told ABC News that most of the cancelations are on A320 and 737 aircraft, but that it may continue to cancel at least 50 to 60 flights per day for the rest of June and 50 to 80 flights per day through July.

“We made targeted changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation,” according to an American Airlines statement.

In March AA offered its 102,000 employees modest incentives to get the COVID19 jab. Whether this is related to the airline’s inability to continue functioning has not yet been established.