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American Strike Would Tie Up RDU

Posted February 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— If American Airlines pilots go out on strike four days from now, the impact will be felt in the Triangle. While a strike would boost ticket sales for other carriers, some people with plans to fly on American could be inconvenienced.

American Airlines would completely shut down at RDU International if the strike is not avoided. That means 1900 people at the airport and and the reservation center in Cary would be out of work. The airline would ground its 17 daily flights out of the local airport.

Jasper Stem, a passenger who traded in American tickets for those from another airline, says he feels no sympathy for the pilots.

Monday, there was already a scramble as passengers hurried to trade in their American tickets. Travel agents and passengers alike said they are not going to wait until the last minute, but will act as if the strike is a sure thing.