If you’re flying American Airlines soon, you have my sympathies. Their pilots are staging a slowdown/sick out while they work without a contract. Things ain’t goin’ well.
It’s tempting to shake your fist at the pilot’s union when your departure time dies of old age. I feel your pain. When you’re stuck in Tulsa en route to Wichita, your day is already a bummer. But the airline isn’t exactly innocent here either.
American filed bankruptcy last year, not completely because of financial woes, but to abrogate the pilots’ contract. This is common airline behavior. Several, like Continental (pre-United merger) did it several times.
American wanted givebacks from the pilots, big ones. And, they wanted them from a group, like almost everyone in the airline industry (except corporate executives), who’ve been giving back for years. This is common with airlines too.