United pilots: Rushed new procedures hurt safety

United Airlines pilots say rushed new procedures threaten safety

Associated Press

Pilots at United Airlines say a rush to change their flying procedures is putting safety at risk.Their union is asking a judge to delay a Friday deadline for them to use the new procedures.United pilots say they only got 54 minutes of classroom training for the new procedures that dictate things like how they respond to sharp wind gusts.United and Continental merged last year and are being combined into one airline by parent company United Continental Holdings Inc. It's trying to be recognized as a single airline by the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of this year, and having common procedures for all its pilots is part of that.The Air Line Pilots Association says most of the changes involve United pilots switching to Continental procedures.

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