PLANO, Texas—Convincing more women to pursue careers as pilots would help ease a supply crunch that could soon threaten even the largest airlines in the U.S., two pilot-workforce experts said. “Half of the U.S. population is essentially not participating in this pipeline,” Michael McGee, a senior policy researcher with RAND, said during the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association International Conference of Pilot Unions. “The industry is going to have a significant ...

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