"We are not chess pieces," Flores said. While 150 flight attendants face layoffs, more than 300 face base closures that would require commutes to continue working, a challenge at a time of high-load factors throughout the airline industry. Flores intends to negotiate for buyouts and protection when no seats are available for commuting flight attendants. Last month, American ( AMR) announced similar change to pull back capacity to its hubs. "It's not rocket science," Flores said. "US Airways is not blazing a trail here -- they never do. But they get a more streamlined operation and they put their assets where their customers are." -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.