The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest periods in American aviation, as families and friends take advantage of the time off to go on trips and make memories. Undoubtedly, those traveling during this period look to create positive memories, not have their travel plans blown up in their faces. Many often forget that passengers are not the only ones who suffer when disruptions hit the aviation industry. The faces that greet us upon boarding an aircraft, help us load bags in overhead bins, and those in cockpits at the controls face so much that we, as passengers, do not see.
Since last Saturday, more than 50,000 flights have been interrupted in the United States, not only displacing passengers but also crews. According to United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, it all began with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to reduce the number of flights allowed in the New York Area last weekend. But those words have quickly backfired on Kirby, as it is evident that something went wrong internally at United, leading to hundreds of thousands of passengers and thousands of crew members having their lives significantly interrupted.
Last year, a former flight attendant created a petition called “Pay Me For Boarding” in order to unify the voices of flight attendants nationwide in their cry for fair compensation. Throughout the week, several crew members’ stories have been shared on the Instagram page, exposing problems with airlines’ management and crew scheduling systems. Simple Flying asked to connect with those willing to share their stories; what we heard is alarming.
A United Airlines flight attendant, who will remain anonymous, shared with Simple Flying that their crew got stuck overnight with no hotel provided by…