Delta and American seek unpaid volunteers to keep airport lounges open

US carriers ask staff to volunteer at airports.


Delta Air Lines is seeking out unpaid volunteers to staff one of its loyalty lounges at Atlanta airport,Β after its regular contractor failed to provide enough workers.


Delta sent the request through internal channels to Atlanta-based employees, who were informed thatΒ the Sky Clubs are short 115 workers.


“Just come to the ATL airport for a few hours to help with cleaning, wiping tables, running food, restocking food buffets, etc,” the company said in its message.


Volunteers are instructed to wear business casual black pants and white shirts, and said they would be provided with aprons.


Delta is not the only US carrier to ask employees to volunteer at the airport.


American Airlines also asked non-union employees at its headquarters to volunteer at nearby Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport as it expects a surge of travel during the summer.


The internal memo read: “Beyond the support it provides our frontline team member, it’s also an opportunity for our corporate support team to gain an appreciation for and a better understanding of the work our airport teams do.”


The request comes after American cut 30% of its support staff, which included the layoffs of about 1,500 workers.


On June 6, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded close to 2 million people going through airport security –Β  the largest number of screenings since the pandemic started.


According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42.1% of all Americans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.