The union representing pilots at American Airlines has told its members to refuse to fly to Israel, citing security concerns in the region. Is this well-intentioned or a totally unnecessary stunt to keep the outage machine running in the midst of war?
Union To American Airlines Pilots: Refuse To Fly To Israel
Over the weekend, Hamas terrorists launched an unexpected multi-front attack on Israel, launching thousands of bombs and kidnapping Israeli citizens and foreigners in border towns near the Gaza Strip.
Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv has been announced as a specific target and most foreign airlines, including all US airlines, suspended service to TLV.
But that did not stop Ed Sicher, president of the Allied Pilots Association, from sending an email to members urging them to refuse to fly to Israel until they “can be reasonably assured of the region’s safety and security.”
His email notes the U.S. State Department warning advising citizens to exercise increased caution when traveling to Israel due to terrorism and civil unrest.
“It is not prudent or appropriate to knowingly put our flight crews and passengers in harm’s way by maintaining flights into a war zone.”
But I wonder if the union supported the extra section American Airlines ran from Tel Aviv to New York in order to evacuate employees and other pass rider? Were the pilots who operated AA9602 violating union directives?
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) October 8, 2023
I do not mean to read too much into this situation, but the timing of the note just seems off…do you really think American Airlines is going to run its multi-million dollar jets into TLV when the airport is under threat of attack and therefore so are its employees and passengers? That is absurd.
While Israeli flag carrier El Al, which is equipped with missile defense systems, will continue to operate intercontinental flights, all three US carriers have suspended service. I expect we will not see this service resume until it is safe to do so.
Did American Airlines really need to be reminded not to continue service during a war? Or, even after securing a new contract, was the announcement meant to stir up the base? I’m not certain…
I have many thoughts on Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel, which I will reveal when the context is appropriate. For now, I hope those Palestinians who find themselves at the mercy of their unelected terrorist leaders will seek shelter from the coming storm.
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