In a sad sign of the times, United Airlines is moving crew out of downtown hotels across the United States due to fears over election-related civil unrest.
United Airlines Moves Crew Hotels Out Of City Centers Due To Election Unrest Fears
In a memo to flight attendants reviewed by Live and Let’s Fly, United noted:
“As we approach the 2020 presidential election, there is a possibility of renewed protest activity. We are taking precautionary measures to ensure your safety and suitable rest are met.”
Unions are fully onboard with the move.
Hotel changes began on Monday and will last for one week (and hopefully not longer…). Crews will remain at airport hotels. As an added benefit to United, these hotels also tend to be cheaper than downtown hotels.
Not every city is impacted. The list of impacted cities includes:
- Portland, Oregon
This is not the first time United has made such a move. Over the summer, it also adjusted some crew lodging in response the civil unrest that proceeded the murder of George Floyd.
American, Delta, and Southwest are monitoring the situation, but have not made any changes to crew hotel scheduling yet.
United also has a pair of back-up operation centers should civil unrest in Chicago block access or cripple operations at Willis Tower.
I find a story like this so sad to write, but can hardly blame United for taking such a precautionary approach in light of the current political environment in the United States. Hopefully the move will prove wholly unnecessary.
I’ll offer my own thoughts on the election today and hopefully link it back to travel in an upcoming post.