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Pilots vote to resume contract talks

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After a week-long cooling off period, the Allied Pilots Association said it will resume contract talks with American Airlines.

APA board members made that announcement Tuesday afternoon.

The pilots are currently working under American's guidelines because the airline canceled their contract last month.

The board said it wants industry standards set forth by other airlines that went through bankruptcy.

It abruptly stopped talks last week when American threatened potential legal action over a perceived work slowdown.

Also on Tuesday, American said it is expanding the scope of its seat inspections after rows of seats came loose from the floor during three flights in the last week.

A total of 47 Boeing 757s with similar seat setups will be included.

American said the problem stems from a locking mechanism problem, not disgruntled workers.

Some of the pilots said the company is behind in technology.

"American Airlines operates the oldest fleet in America. As your car gets older, it requires more maintenance. As our aircraft gets older, it requires more maintenance," said Capt. John Diacsuk.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the loose seats.

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