American Airlines expects to hire 2,500 over the next five years as it ramps up international flights, the company said Wednesday. American Airlines currently has 8,000 active pilots.
Although American officials say they want to resume contract talks, its pilots are taking a wait-and-see approach. Bankruptcy has allowed American to change pilots' pay and work rules, but since then more of its flights have been canceled.
American Airlines, the nation's third-largest airline, would eliminate about 15 percent of its workforce. The move comes as part of American Airlines' bankruptcy protection plan.
Airline pilots will no longer have to go through body scanners or be subject to body pat-downs, as do ticketed passengers. TSA is also testing scanners designed to be less intrusive.