An Alaska Airlines flight was delayed earlier this week after two pilots who were supposed to fly the plane could not agree, the airline said Thursday.
Alaska flight AS1080 from Washington to San Francisco was brought back to the gate before taking off on Monday after the two pilots “had a professional disagreement,” the airline told Fox Business in a statement about the matter.
“Although this situation is unfortunate, in the interest of safety, the pilots did the right thing,” the airline said. “The captain and first officer were evaluated by management, and it was determined that they remained fit to fly. We swapped crews and the flight continued to San Francisco. We apologize to from our guests for the inconvenience caused.
Passengers who claimed to be on the flight tweeted that part of the more than two hour delay was due to a storm they were expecting on the tarmac on board the plane. However, they said the flight was further delayed after the two pilots apparently argued and turned the plane back to the gate.
A Twitter user posted a video that appeared to show the end of the announcement with the pilots and other passengers saying, “Can’t we all get along?
Another Twitter user wrote: “After an hour and a half delay we are now returning to the terminal due to ‘failure of captain and first officer to agree’.
The airline has removed a pilot from another delayed flight to replace the pilot who got off the plane, reported One Mile at a Time, a travel news website that first reported the argument of the pilots.
Airlines have blamed bad weather and understaffed federal air traffic controllers for many of their flight delays this summer, but part of the problem is also a shortage of workers.
Airlines paid tens of thousands of employees to quit after the pandemic devastated their business in 2020, and continue to hire and train replacements.
New York Post