What we’re reading: USAir pilots sue AA pilots, Aer Lingus rebooking, TSA questions license


US Airways pilots sue counterparts at American

US Airways pilots are suing to have an arbiter settle the standoff over seniority rights.

The US Airways pilots say they have been unable to agree with the pilots’ union at American on how to combine their groups. They are trying to invoke a federal law that requires arbitration to settle seniority disputes.

Seniority is crucial to pilots. Those with more seniority earn more by flying bigger planes on more lucrative routes such as international flights.

Aer Lingus rebooking passengers due to strike threat

Aer Lingus is rebooking passengers because there could be a strike by workers on March 14 in a dispute over pensions.

Aer Lingus’s largest union, SIPTU, has called for a four-hour stoppage on March 14 — the start of a holiday weekend for Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day — due to the dispute over how to resolve a shortfall in the funding of the staff pension scheme.

D.C. resident: TSA agent questioned if license from nation’s capital was valid for flight

Ashley Brandt was traveling home from the Grand Canyon to Washington DC. When she arrived at the security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the TSA agent wasn’t sure they could accept Brandt’s driver’s license.

According to Brandt, an agent with the Transportation Security Administration took a look at her D.C. license and began to shake her head. “I don’t know if we can accept these,” Brandt recalled the agent saying. “Do you have a U.S. passport?’

Brandt says the agent yelled out to a supervisor, working in adjacent security line. Are D.C. licenses valid identification?

Brandt says she could hear the response, “Yeah, we accept those.”