The distinctive features of pilots' uniforms make them easy to spot at airports. Outside of the US, they usually have three or four stripes in their uniforms and a pilot hat.

If you see Delta pilots in airports in the coming days and weeks, you might notice that some aren't wearing hats. That is not a bad thing.

Delta pilots express frustration by taking hats off

The Air Line Pilots Association is one of Delta's few unions. The pilots have been trying to get a new contract for a while. The pilots feel that executives are dragging their feet and that's why they're hostile with management.

Hundreds of Delta pilots picketed at airports around the country on Thursday in an attempt to get a new contract.

Delta pilots picketed nationwide on Thursday

There is a new way for pilots to express their frustration with management through a campaign called "Hats Off to a New Contract". The union is encouraging pilots to no longer wear their hats as a sign of their desire for a new contract.

Just because the union recommends it doesn't mean all pilots will agree with it. You might be able to see where pilots stand on certain things based on whether or not they wear their hats.

I think this is a good way to express displeasure.

Some pilots at airlines have taken different approaches to expressing their displeasure with management. In the late 2000s, many United pilots were angry and some would "ride the brakes" to increase fuel burn. It pales in comparison to that.

Don’t expect Delta pilots to be wearing their hats

Why do Delta pilots want a new contract?

It has been a rough couple of years for the airline industry but things are looking up. The major pilot shortage means that pilots have a lot of bargaining power.

Several airlines have increased pay. Prior to these changes, regional pilots weren't paid much, as the goal is always to work at one of the "major" carriers, where pay has always been quite good

Most of the major airlines are in contract negotiations with their pilots. The pilots of United will vote on a new contract in July that will give them a pay raise of up to 14 percent. There is a rumor that American pilots are about to vote on a contract that could see them get pay raises.

The base salary for senior Boeing captains would be $340,000 per year, while senior Boeing captains would make $425,000 per year.

Alaska, Delta, and Southwest are also trying to get new contracts, but aren't quite as far along as American or United. I would like to see how this works out. Depending on your economic outlook, I can't blame the pilots for wanting to lock in something asap, because I think some dark days are ahead, and pilots will have less leverage then.

Delta pilots want a new contract

Bottom line

There is a fight for a new contract. A lot of pilots won't be wearing their hats at airports because of the picketing Most people wouldn't notice or think about this. I would be interested to observe this as I find this kind of stuff interesting.

Please tell me if you see Delta pilots wearing hats or not.