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Elsa
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I have been hearing about airline travel headaches for weeks.  Today, I read this was happening because of the "big resignation", meaning people did not want to work.

Is this true? Does anyone who works in the industry have any insight?

Thanks!

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shortpants
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Posted by: @elsa

I have been hearing about airline travel headaches for weeks.  Today, I read this was happening because of the "big resignation", meaning people did not want to work.

Is this true? Does anyone who works in the industry have any insight?

Thanks!

Not sure about this -- my friend applied as a flight attendant at Southwest and she said that there were 18,000 other applicants. Her mother has worked for over a decade with them. I think pilots may be hard to find, but being a flight attendant is still a highly desirable job.

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there is a shortage of workers yes and weather issues 

I am sure it's also because of airlines taking advantage of the travel boom and overbooking. 

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Also, short staffed the actual airport employees and their contract vendors.  Many of the luggage problems due to contract workers / employees  --  just not enough of them.  And all it takes is just a very few flights that mess up the schedule to get everybody else off track.  The airport maintenance and janitorial workers are also in short supply.  Some of the curbside check-in porters have had to shut their kiosk at the Tampa and Orlando airports  --  the porters are needed at the regular check-in counters.  Let's se what happens once all the kiddos are back in school.

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ive traveled 3 times so far this past year and one more coming up, and maybe again for a 5th time around christmas. and so far i've had no problems. no delays or anything like that. only once with baggage delay a year ago, the first time traveling. and they reimbursed me. but i've heard of people not wanting to work everywhere, i guess they are burnt out. they need a long vacation and now soon they need to go back because sitting around dont pay the bills.

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Elsa
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I don't understand how people aren't working when the prices are so high and things are so unpredictable.

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@elsa 

I have a strong feeling that many people simply do not see how precariously close the US is closing in on a severe economic downturn.  Or, it is something they just choose to ignore.  The Great Recession of 2008 to 2010, that is just a taste of what I fear is coming.

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@sun-mar I think it will be beyond anything I have seen in my lifetime. I remember 20%+ mortgage interest, vividly.

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