JetBlue Is Turning Supermarket Clerks and Baggage Handlers Into Pilots

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Ground operations members unload baggage from a JetBlue aircraft on the tarmac at Long Beach Airport in California.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

What do a supermarket clerk, an airline baggage handler and a heavy-equipment operator have in common? They’re among the first participants in JetBlue’s new program to turn people with little or no flight experience into pilots.

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