CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 19, 1972
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(Studio) Strike by airline pilots stops most overseas flights and hinders air travel in West Europe. Domestic air traffic barely affected. Strike called to dramatize hijacking problem.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Rome, Italy) Fiumicino International Airport cut off from rest of world as Alitalia National Airline grounded by pilots' strike. American intercontinental carriers fly due to court order. (Paris, France) At Orly International Airport, traffic reduced to 25% normal as Air France pilots strike. Swissair Sabena Belgium, Scandinavian, and other airlines grounded. (London, England) Heathrow airport also hit hard. Pilots there flew according to conscience and some BEA and BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) planes fly, Passengers take situation philosophically. (Beirut, Lebanon) Air strike has little effect on Beirut International Airport. Arab Mideast Airlines operate on schedule. Israel's El Al doesn't fly. International Association of Pilots calls strike a success, but it will take government action to meet their demands for stricter measures to prevent air piracy.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood
(Chicago, Illinois) Largest carrier affected in United States is Eastern Airlines. Northeast also shut down; Southern has token stoppage. Scarcely a dent in days business noted at O'Hare Airport. Some pilots bow to court order not to strike, others influenced by United Airline decision not to strike. [Continental Airlines Pilot, Captain Steve ZAVITZ - did not want United to have to fly heavier schedules due to other airlines being grounded.] [United Airlines ngr. Flight Operations, Captain Don TOEPPEN - says United pilots more concerned for passengers and for jobs, so decide to fly.] [Airline pilots Association President John O'DONNELL - says violence now responsibility of air transport industry, which refused boycott for economy reasons.] [Airline Transport Association of American, Executive Vp Paul IGNATIUS - says O'Donnell is sincere and honorable man, but industry sought legal means to prevent strike as strike can't deal with problem of hijacking.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante