After a federal mandate was struck down, the major carriers said masks would be optional on their domestic flights.
The chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and several other passenger and cargo carriers made the request Wednesday.
A flight attendants’ union said the decision was “unsafe and irresponsible.”
A storm in the Washington area knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people, adding to the problems facing airlines, like staff shortages.
More than 2,400 flights were off by midday — more than half concentrated in Chicago — due to crew shortages and snowfall. It was by the worst day for airlines in a holiday week that saw thousands of cancellations.
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At least 2,400 more flights were canceled globally on Monday, including about 900 U.S. flights.
On Sunday alone, about 1,300 U.S. flights and some 3,000 international ones were dropped.
The virus, and winter weather, are making flights trickier during a busy season.
Vyvianna M. Quinonez, 28, bloodied a flight attendant in May on a Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego, prosecutors said.
Thanksgiving will be the biggest test of the system’s resilience since the pandemic began, with millions more passengers than last year.
His remarks went viral after he repeated the chant, which is understood to be code for swearing at President Biden, during a Southwest Airlines flight.
The carrier blamed bad weather and staffing shortages. It was the second airline this month to face significant disruptions.
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The airline and its pilots union denied that the cancellations were related to the company’s decision to require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
More than a thousand flights were canceled on Sunday and 800 on Saturday. The airline blamed air traffic control and “disruptive weather,” but no other carrier reported problems.
For cabin crews, the peak travel season has turned into a chronic battle involving frequent delays, overwork and unruly passengers that leaves them feeling battered by the public and the airlines.
The headaches began with problems with a weather data supplier on Monday, then technical issues on Tuesday, all of which spilled over into Wednesday.
American and Southwest announced the policies after the latest assault was captured on a widely watched video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face.
As demand for tickets recovers, airlines are calling back workers, adding flights and planning for a summer they say could be normal.
The action comes just months after airlines resumed flying the jet, which had been grounded for nearly two years because of a pair of accidents that killed nearly 350 people.
Experts say that tourists could come back in the spring or summer but that more profitable business travelers could stay away for a year or longer.
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It will take weeks, if not months, for American, United and Southwest to get the plane back into service — and reassure travelers about its safety.
With few people traveling and lawmakers deadlocked on a stimulus package, American Airlines and United Airlines are cutting more than 30,000 jobs.
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Airlines have canceled orders for hundreds of the troubled jet because of its safety problems and the pandemic, but others are still eager to buy them.
Before the pandemic, airlines worried about not being able to replace retiring baby boomers. Eager recruits expect to bear the brunt of layoffs.
New security and health policies at airports and on planes will make traveling this summer a bit stranger and, officials hope, safer.
Most flights are empty but some are still operating near capacity, frustrating travelers who say that airlines are not doing enough to keep them safe.
An industry that is intimately familiar with failure confronts a crisis unlike any other. Executives say they have no idea when passengers will return.
Flight 1392 landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Thursday night and tried to avoid the collision, the airline said. Medical teams said the person died at the scene.
While the pandemic has made it hard to offer forecasts, some corporate leaders said things might be getting a little better — or at least no worse.
Inexpensive deals abound, and coupled with newly relaxed change and cancellation policies, some travelers are seeing little to no risk in pointing, clicking and purchasing.
Airlines will receive billions of dollars in grants and loans to pay flight attendants, pilots and other employees.