Delta Wants Employees to Sleep on Planes During Storms

Winter is a rough time for the US travel industry all around. Business travel dries up and hotel occupancy falls. That’s not good for airlines either. Leisure travel is heavy around the holidays, and among passengers looking to escape the cold, but weather wreaks havoc across the system.

Even if you’re flying from Miami to Los Angeles your inbound aircraft might be coming from snowing Chicago O’Hare.

Snowstorms can wide out schedules for days — not just during the storms themselves, but beyond because even once airports begin operating again planes and crew are out of position. The system takes time to reboot.

Delta’s plan this winter includes some extreme measures to get ready including asking employees to sleep on planes. It means crew are already in the airport instead of traversing congested roads. And apparently they’ll get to sleep in business class, not coach.

Credit: Delta

This is certainly a better idea than employees sleeping on the floor in the airport.

They’re also rolling out new de-icing trucks in Atlanta, and monitoring progress electronically instead of with handwritten notes. For all of Delta’s operational strengths IT just hasn’t been one of them.

Ironically American Airlines has to tell employees not to sleep in planes and British Airways needs to tell employees not to do other things.

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  1. Business travel dries up in winter? Maybe between Christmas and New Years, but certainly not in January and February.

  2. Further proof America is the new Soviet Union.

    Comrade Pilot, you shall sleep in plane to serve the people more effectively.

    Hopefully the unions will push back on this. Or has Comrade tRump smashed that pilots union?

  3. I actually think this is a great idea. Employees will even get first hand experience as to how passengers feel in these seats. As long as they get the mandatory rest period, it should be fine. Getting around during and post snow storms is horrible.

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