Transcript for Airlines cancel flights as July 4th travel rush approaches
We turn now to the latest on that air travel mess, American airlines canceling dozens of flights today, other airlines falling short as well as this July 4th travel rush is now approaching us. ABC's gio Benitez joins us now from Newark airport with the latest. Gio, good morning to you. Reporter: Hey, T.J., good morning. We're already seeing about 80 cancellations with American airlines today, a lot better than we've seen over the past few days but the issue is still far from over. American, of course, is still dealing with that pilot shortage and expected to cancel anywhere between 50 and 0 flights per day through mid-july. The fourth of July less than two weeks away expecting a pandemic record of travelers. Aaa believes 34.5 million will travel by air that weekend. That's nearly three times more than last year and almost as much as 2019. Now, all of this as the number of unruly passengers is just the FAA now looking at 3100 cases, more than 2300 related to masks, the FAA also proposing more than half a million dollars in total fines. Airlines and the TSA are trying to hire more employees. Delta says it plans to train 1300 reservation and customer care employees to tackle long hold times we've been talking about but those workers won't be on the job until the fall. I want to bring up something people have noticed at restaurants, something called a covid recovery charge but airlines, at least one airline is doing this now as well. Reporter: Yeah, and we're talking about frontier airlines. They quietly made this change back in may and we're just learning about this now, it's $1.59 for per passenger per flight. Now, frontier says it's to offset costs for increased sanitation and cleaning on board the aircraft and in the airport, shields at the ticket counters and gate areas and ppe for employees. But, T.J., a lot of people are wondering why this is happening pointing to billions of dollars in taxpayer money that the airlines including frontier got during the pandemic. All right. Gio, good information as always. Thank you so much.
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