Southwest cancelled over 2,000 flights since Saturday, reportedly due to weather conditions. In addition to disrupting plans of thousands of passengers, their customer service wait times were as long as five hours.
“ATC [Air Traffic Control] issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation,” Southwest tweeted Saturday. “We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual.”
Then, Southwest customers responded to the wait times on Twitter. “I was on that estimated wait time for over 5 hours TWICE yesterday. And then I gave up,” Mandy Lyon tweeted. “This morning, someone finally picked up after 1.5 hours.” Wait times across airlines are notoriously high, following the furlough of employees due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Delta Airlines restarted their flight attendant training for the first time since March 2020. After 78 weeks in limbo, 99 trainees graduated from flight attendant class on Oct. 1. Still, Delta is currently seeking to hire another 1,500 for its 2021-2022 class, according to a press release Monday.
Neither JetBlue or Delta responded to requests for comment to verify the ATC and or weather problems.
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Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.
MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:
Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.
BREAKING: Russia moves nuclear missiles towards Finland border in backlash over Nato bid. https://t.co/fgzgXnwjqK
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 16, 2022
The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.
“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”
A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.
‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’
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