Flight cancelled over a hat

June 21, 2008

A United Airlines flight was cancelled after its pilot announced to the passengers before takeoff that he was too upset to fly.

And what got the pilot so upset? Family issues or something else, like a labor dispute. According to USA Today’s article:

Jacobson said another passenger questioned the crew and that passenger told him the incident stemmed from crewmembers from another United flight observing the pilot wearing his hat. United’s pilots union has been urging pilots to remove their hats when they “are likely to be viewed by management,” as a form of protest, according to a notice on ALPA’s website.

“In the concourse, on the jetway, wherever. Show solidarity with your fellow pilots, show management our solidarity. Don’t wear your hat,” it says.

In a statement dated Jan. 15, the union instructed members to adopt the practice because “now is the time to show management that this pilot group is serious about regaining what was stripped from us during bankruptcy.”



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