I work for a domestic US airline, Southwest as an aircraft mechanic, been with the company 27 years .
With the airline industry in the worst conditions that have hit them in history, the chance of massive layoffs seem to be in the not too distant future .
My employer has presented the employees with a range of options, one voluntary separation from the company with 1 years pay and 12 months of healthcare coverage .
The other options are taking 6 months, 12 months or 18 months off at 50 % pay and full benefits .
I turn 64 in August, planned on retiring January 01, 2023 with full retirement Social Security benefits .
I'm in a bit of a quandry, I do like my job and for the most part the people I work with .
I got out of aircraft maintenance training in June,'76 and this is all I've done for the last 44 years .
The 50% pay is about 4 times my monthly expenses, I have no mortgage, car payments or other debt .
Never married, no dependents .
Biggest expenses are real estate taxes, home owners insurance and vehicle insurance .
I thought this may be a good introduction to retirement without the commitment and see if not working was the right thing to do .
Anyone have any insights or personal experience they would like to share