Listen Now: Iceland Air’s Pilots Now Double As Flight Attendants
The airline industry is feeling the strain… and your next pilot could be picking up the slack.
Airlines are reporting another drastic drop in ticket sales as people continue to fear flying. Some are trying to ease fears by promising a less crowded cabin while others are trying to fill the plane and boost revenue.
United and American have announced furloughs that could cause thousands to lose their jobs. Iceland Air is also laying off flight attendants and using pilots to replace them. After a labor dispute ended, the airline announced it will get rid of all its flight attendants. Now the pilots are responsible for the comfort and safety of everyone on board.
However, don’t expect to see them serve you a cold drink. In-flight service is still suspended under new regulations because of the pandemic. But once things go back to normal it’s not clear who will be pushing the food cart.
Pilots only had two days to prepare when the announcement was made and it’s not clear if they will undergo any training.
Talk about workers who shouldn’t be doing double duty.
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