Commercial airlines are pledging to increase staffing and take other steps during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
A spokesman for the Air Transport Association says the industry
plans to hire seasonal employees to help out at check-in kiosks and
A person on a conference call connecting airlines, airports,
trade groups and the federal government says the industry also
pledged to have senior executives participate in daily FAA
briefings and to monitor busier airport hubs personally.
It's been a record year for travel delays, but Transportation
Secretary Mary Peters says the airlines have ensured her that they
have sufficient staff and resources on hand to cope with the
upcoming holiday travel season, including inclement weather.