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United Airlines pilots participate in a picket line at Washington Dulles International Airport on May 12, 2023. Ahead of a busy summer travel season, they're asking for higher wages and also quality of life improvements. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The latest workers calling for a better quality of life: airline pilots

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A JetBlue Airbus A320 taxis to a gate on Oct. 26, 2016, after landing, as an American Airlines jet is seen parked at its gate at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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An airline worker died on Saturday after being "ingested" into the engine of American Airlines Embraer aircraft, like the kind pictured here at the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport in Dallas in June 2021. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot's license, American Airlines operated a flight out of Dallas with an all-Black, all-female crew. American Airlines hide caption

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A man looks at the departures board at Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday. Thousands of flights have been canceled over the Christmas weekend in the U.S. alone, with airlines citing bad weather and the pandemic. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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American Airlines passenger jets prepare for departure near a terminal at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston in July. More than 1,000 flights were canceled this weekend due to weather and staffing shortages, the airline said. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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American Airlines released a statement saying, "This behavior must stop, and aggressive enforcement and prosecution of the law is the best deterrent." David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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American Airlines, which is located in Fort Worth, and Dell Technologies, headquartered in Round Rock, were the first to criticize recent attempts to alter state election laws in Texas. Cooper Neill/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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John Morris, here in Bogotá, Colombia, has a website called Wheelchair Travel and hosts a travel podcast. Andrea Morris hide caption

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A New Rule Means Some People With Wheelchairs Can't Fly On American Airlines

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American Airlines check-in counters sit closed last month behind plastic barriers at Los Angeles International Airport. Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A man wearing a mask prepares to board a Southwest Airlines flight at Kansas City International airport in Kansas City, Mo. Southwest and American Airlines are tightening their mask requirements at the end of July by doing away with exemptions for travelers over the age of 2. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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An empty corridor at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last month. Social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus leaves little demand for flights. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft are parked on the tarmac after being grounded, at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., in March. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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At a Senate hearing March 27, Daniel Elwell, acting director of the Federal Aviation Administration, said airline pilots had enough training to handle Boeing's flight control software. But some pilots disagree. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Pilots Split Over FAA Chief's Claims On Boeing 737 Max Training

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Southwest Airlines passengers check in at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday issued an emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian airliner. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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An American Airlines plane departs Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in 2015. American, United and Frontier all released statements on Wednesday saying they did not want to be involved in transporting migrant children who have been separated from their families because of a Trump administration policy. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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Jacob A. Garcia was forcibly removed from an American Airlines plane Sunday night after allegedly assaulting another passenger. Miami-Dade Corrections/Miami-Dade Police Department hide caption

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An American Airlines taxis in 2012. According to prosecutors, beginning in that year, the brother-son duo targeted American Airlines employees who worked the tarmac, telling them they had sustained hearing loss and needed hearing aids. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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