March 24, 2017 11:02 am EDT By Mary Beth Quirk@marybethquirk airlines american airlines see ya wouldn't wanna be ya standby travel For an airline, taking off on time is crucial to maintain a good on-time performance rating.
But in an effort to keep those numbers up, a pilots’ union says American Airlines is abdandoning thousands of standby passengers at the gate.
Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots who fly for the airline, said Thursday that American left almost 20,000 passengers waiting to fly standby in February, because of its policy of closing the door from the gate area 10 minutes before scheduled departure.
“On almost 13,000 flights, standby passengers were denied boarding even though the aircraft had open seats,” he writes, calling it a “failure” that could have affected up to 16% of all American flights.
This and many other factors cause any reporting on unaccommodated passengers to be significantly inflated.” March 24, 2017 By Mary Beth Quirk@marybethquirk airlines american airlines see ya wouldn't wanna be ya standby travel