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American Airlines Dec. 17-31 pilot mayhem won’t affect La Crosse



With American Airlines lacking pilots the last two weeks of the year, those traveling out of La Crosse shouldn’t be affected.

La Crosse Regional Airport director Clint Torp says they use a private firm.

The scheduling system issue was discovered last week, leaving 15,000 flights between Dec. 17-31 lacking a captain, co-pilot or, in some cases, both.

And, while traveling out of La Crosse will be OK, Torp did point out that doesn’t mean travelers won’t have to worry after that.

“Like most people, you also then connect to another flight,” Torp said. “Chances are pretty good that flight might be impacted.”

So, check your itinerary and plan ahead.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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