Is a Merger Ahead for This Struggling Airline?

With pilots calling in sick, flight cancellations, contract talks at a standstill, mergers and consolidations galore -- and not to mention current stock prices -- airlines remain one of the most unpredictable and ill-advised industries today for investors. Even just for frequent fliers, American Airlines (UNKNOWN: AAMRQ.DL  ) has been one to stay away from as of late, with seats coming loose on flights three times over the past few weeks. Another AMR flight recently required an unscheduled landing due to a smoky odor in the cabin. Check out the video above for Fool.com analyst Brendan Byrnes' take on exactly what's going on at American Airlines.

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Andrew Tonner has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Brendan Byrnes has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Southwest Airlines. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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