According to WILX-TV 10, a prominent airline analyst says American Airlines will pay about $10 million to fix the pilot scheduling mix up that left thousands of unstaffed flights around Christmas.

American reached a deal late last week to pay pilots double wages for working some flights that were short staffed after an error in the crew scheduling system let pilots drop assignments even if no backups were available.

Other analysts are downplaying impact of the mistake too.  Helen Becker of Cowen is criticizing the pilots' union for publicizing the scheduling error.

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