Southwest Airlines has experienced more cancellations and delays than any other U.S. airline.
It’s struggling to keep up with an unusually high number of 737s that have been taken out for maintenance.
The airline is calling it an “operational state of emergency.”
Southwest called for all hands on deck, warning employees they could be fired for unexcused absences.
Since Friday, more than 100 flights have been cancelled nationwide due to maintenance concerns.
Just last week, Southwest had to check 22 jet engines to ensure the proper fuel pump filter seals were installed.
The mechanics’ union is worried that this “all hands on deck” approach by the airline will degrade passenger safety.
The FAA is closely monitoring the situation.