LABOR: Even Captains Get the Flu

LABOR: Even Captains Get the Flu

American Airlines is one of the strongest U.S. carriers, but lately it has been feeling under the weather. Last week the airline said it will have to cancel at least 230 flights, or 11% of its daily schedule, including all its Los Angeles -- to -- San Francisco flights. American attributed the reduction to a shortage of pilots, who the carrier says have been calling in sick at a high rate -- more than 500 on some days, twice the normal number. The airline accuses the pilots of staging an illegal sick-out to put pressure on American in negotiations that have...

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