American Airlines glitch shouldn’t impact local flights

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A computer glitch schedules most American Airlines pilots to have the holidays off, affecting nearly two-hundred thousand flights.

Now the airline says they will be paying pilots one-hundred-fifty-percent of their hourly flight rate if they take over the flights.

Here in Roanoke, your holiday flights shouldn’t be affected for the most part, unless you have a connecting flight at another airport that would use an American Airlines plane.

Even then, airport representatives says American Airlines caught the mistake in plenty of time to fix it.

“It has the potential to impact connecting flights, but we don’t think that’s going to be much of an issue. We’re pretty confident, in my conversations I’ve had with my contacts at American that they’ll be able to get this resolved. Like I said, it’s gonna be an expensive mistake,” said Brad Boettcher. 

If you’ve booked a ticket already, airport staff says you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

But they advise making sure your contact information is up to date and signing up for airline alerts in case something changes.

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