Thousands of Flights Canceled During July 4th Holiday Weekend

Larry Lease
With the 4th of July weekend underway, thousands of flights have been canceled all across the country.Owen Lystrup/Unsplash

Airlines are continuing to struggle to keep up with demand during the July 4th holiday weekend. Fox 4 reports that as of Sunday morning, more than 1,350 flights have been canceled. Over 3,000 flights have been canceled and nearly 30,000 flights were delayed. That's in addition to more than 2,000 flights that were canceled Thursday.

According to Fox 4 News, 12,000 American Airlines flights in July were without a scheduled captain, first officer, or even both. A surprising glitch in the scheduling platform, American came out and said the glitch isn't expected to have any operational impact. Delta came forward and warned travelers of potential problems over the weekend. They even reported offering $10,000 to get off an overbooked flight from Michigan to Minnesota earlier this week.

Widespread delays and cancellations have been happening since before Memorial Day weekend. The airlines have become short-staffed as they scramble to hire more workers, including pilots, to replace those who were encouraged to quit when the pandemic caused air travel to cease.

Fox 4 is reporting that the airlines are trying to blame delays and cancellations on understaffing at the FAA, which Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is pushing back against. Buttigieg has threatened airlines with friends if they don't fix their operations. Some Senators want more, including Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders is urging Buttigieg to require airlines to issue refunds for delays lasting more than an hour. Nearly 2.49 million passengers passed through TSA checkpoints across the country on Friday, breaking the pandemic-era record of 2.46 million.

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