(Bloomberg) -- U.S. airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually all passenger flights as government agencies also consider ordering a similar move, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unidentified industry and federal officials.

  • No final decisions have been made by the airlines or White House, but airlines would generally favor a government order, WSJ cites an industry official familiar as saying
    • Voluntary shutdown could violate some labor contracts that stipulate minimum flights
  • President Trump and advisers reluctant to stop commercial flights in part because passenger jets also carry a large portion of mail and cargo shipments
  • Trade association Airlines for America, White House and Pentagon officials didn’t immediately for comment: WSJ

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