United pilots to United flyers: Do not worry.
Merry Christmas. Do not be alarmed. The pilots at United have not been a happy lot for a long time, what with messing up their ownership of the carrier then struggling through a really long bankruptcy and seeing their pay pared way back. Since Glenn Tilton came in to United's executive offices, they've been really on the warpath over his pay and perks. Now they're posting a letter to flyers that says, "We are very much aware that the friendly skies have become less friendly in recent times because of increased costs, reduced flights and cutbacks in in-flight service and amenities. We have been at the forefront when it comes to resisting these cost-cutting initiatives because we do not believe that our passengers should be penalized for the mistakes of United's management. We still feel that way and are still fighting the fight on behalf of our passengers."
The note, which ALPA's Captain David Kelley says is to be posted on frequent-flyer message boards and chat rooms, goes on to say, "As we get into the winter months, we want you to know that United is an all-weather airline. United pilots pioneered many of the safety innovations such as onboard weather radar, anti-skid brakes, enhanced weather forecasting, and improved navigation instruments that allow safe operation in inclement weather. And we will not allow our airline to fabricate excuses for not serving the needs of our passengers." Gee, that's comforting, Dave
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