Delta Air Lines has closed their Aircrew Training Center (DATC) in Atlanta which is used for pilot training, as a result of COVID-19. It’s being reported that some 32 Delta pilots have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, many others are experiencing symptoms but haven’t been tested yet, so the actual number could be significantly higher.
Additionally those are diagnosed with COVID-19 are being advised not to tell others at Delta including flight attendants that they have been infected, which has directed from the Chief Pilot’s office.
Per the Huff Post,
A Delta Air Lines executive directed pilots who test positive for the coronavirus withhold the diagnosis from flight attendants and other colleagues, according to video of an internal discussion among leaders of the pilots’ union.
In the video, it’s mentioned that 32 Delta Air Lines pilots have tested positive for COVID-19, with many others declining tests, which means the actual numbers could be quite significantly higher.
In the nine-minute video, which appears to have been recorded in secret and posted Thursday to YouTube, a union representative tells the other leaders that one of Delta’s chief pilots, who are also high-ranking regional managers at the company, told air captains “it’s not your job to go telling people that you were infected.” Workers HuffPost spoke to interpreted it as an attempt to restrict who found out.
“That’s one reason why the company was telling people, ‘Hey, don’t tell the flight attendants you were sick,’ or anything of that nature,” said the representative, who appears to be Brandon Conwill, a committee chairman at Delta’s chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, or ALPA.
Here’s a look a the leaked video from Delta’s chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association: