U.S. Airways message, Pita Pit goes green

July 16, 2008 3:38:06 PM PDT
A message to passengers from U.S. Airways Pilots in an ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer is the talk of the tarmac and the terminal.

The ad says "U.S. Airways management has begun pressuring your Captain to reduce fuel levels for your flight to save money."

A spokesperson for the U.S. Airline Pilots Association says pilots sometimes add extra gas in case of delays or unexpected rerouting. The spokesperson tells Action News a pilot would never allow a plane to run out of fuel, but the issue could be an added inconvenience to consumers if pilots have to make pit stops to refuel.

U.S. Airways says safety is its priority. It says it found 8 of its 5,000 pilots consistently had arrival fuel above its normal capacity so it is simply paying for those 8 pilots to go through training.

Now both sides admit to an ongoing contract dispute between the union and airline management.

Pita Pit Philadelphia's first green-certified restaurant according to the Green Restaurant Association is open for business.

Pita Pit recycles and replaced Styrofoam products with greenware.

"We removed our plastic bags and replaced them with biodegradable plastic bags and we also put water aerators on all of our sinks to limit the flow of water," the Pita Pit's Adam Green said.