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At least 12,000 American Airlines flights were nearly left without pilots this month because of a computer glitch, the company revealed.

"We have become aware of a technical issue with our Trip Trade with Open Time System (TTOT)," the airline said in a statement. "We understand these are important tools for our pilots and are working as quickly as possible.



The Allied Pilots Association union said that at least 12,000 flights were missing a captain, a first officer, or both.

A similar glitch happened during the Christmas season in 2017. At the time, the airline offered pilots double pay to fill the affected flights. This time around, the airline appears prepared to restore the system quickly.

"We already have restored the vast majority of the affected trips and do not anticipate any operational impact because of this issue," American Airlines said in a later statement.


An already present shortage of pilots led to American Airlines permanently canceling flights to Toledo, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; and Islip, New York, starting on Sept. 7. Airlines across the nation canceled 558 U.S. flights scheduled for Friday, just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, with 6,611 flights delayed that same day.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Agency reported that air travel has been restored to pre-pandemic levels with nearly 2.5 million travelers passing through on Friday. That passenger volume marked a 13% increase from July of last year, which fell on the Thursday before the Fourth of July.

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Super League could be held without Premier League clubs in ‘football Brexit’ to end England’s superiority

ENGLISH clubs could be banned from a Super League in a controversial "football Brexit" move.

Chelsea and Liverpool have both won the Champions League in the last three years while four of the last five runners-up have come from the Premier League.

2Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019 before Chelsea lifted the trophy two years laterCredit: Getty

And now a Serie A club chief has suggested a "solution" to end English superiority with the exclusive competition.

It comes just 16 months after the proposed breakaway European Super League.

That plan - featuring the English 'Big Six' plus Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus - was thwarted within days as British football fans wrecked the rebels' plans.

All 12 teams have so far been allowed to continue in Uefa's club tournaments - the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

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But now there are suggestions of another Super League with the notable absentees.

Adriano Galliani, former CEO and vice-president of AC Milan and now general manager at Monza, told Tuttosport: "It could be a solution - but without the English.

"There should also be a 'Brexit' in football.

"It would then be a real European championship, without the British.

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"On the other hand, what do you think, that in April 2021 the English fled from the Super League because the fans didn't want it?"

English teams have benefited from massive TV broadcast deals and mammoth sponsorships, elevating the Premier League to the richest division in Europe.

And Galliani is keen to help level out the playing field for the rest of the continent, especially after overseeing his hometown club's promotion to the top flight in May for the first time in their 109-year history.

But Monza simply cannot compete financially with the equivalent teams in England.

He added: "The 20 clubs in the English Premier League make almost four times more than the 20 in the Italian Serie A.

"Monza gets 33million euros (£28m) in television rights, three of which must go as a donation to Serie B so a total of 30m (£25m).

"A newly-promoted Premier League team earns 160m (£135m). How can I compete with Nottingham Forest?"

2Adriano Galliani wants a breakaway competition without English teamsCredit: Getty

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