Part 135 airline Ameriflight requires cargo pilots to sign a training repayment agreement provision (“TRAP”) that charges between $20,000 and $30,000 if pilots work less than 18 to 24 months for the airline. Pilots allege that the effect, and the intent, of the TRAP is to penalize pilots who seek out other opportunities and to keep pilots stuck in their jobs despite Ameriflight’s below-market wages and working conditions, all in exchange for training with little to no value outside Ameriflight. The pilots are fighting back against this practice, which hampers economic and job mobility throughout the airline industry.
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