Leader of American pilots: Don't slow down flights

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DALLAS (AP) – With American Airlines threatening legal action, the leader of the pilots’ union is telling it members not to delay flights – if that’s what they’re doing.

Acting President Keith Wilson says the Allied Pilots Association has nothing to do with what American alleges is a work slowdown, causing many flights to be delayed or canceled.

If it’s true pilots are filing frivolous maintenance write-ups and flying circuitous routes, “that activity must cease immediately,” Wilson told members Thursday night.

Wilson’s memo comes a day after American threatened to haul the union into court if disruptions continued.

Thursday, American canceled 100 flights – 5.4 percent of its schedule – and only 49.9 percent arrived on time, according to FlightStats.com. By midday Friday, 32 flights were scrubbed and 65 percent were on time.

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