I’ll admit, this was shocking news.
After United Airlines announced an ultimatum for all their employees to receive the experimental COVID-19 jab, I thought other airlines would follow suit.
But that doesn’t appear to be the case with three other major players in the airline industry.
Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines announced they will not mandate the experimental jabs for their current employees.
That puts a lot of pressure on United Airlines to back up their threats against their current employees.
Not only will United lose a large percentage of their workers, but they’ll also lose many customers.
Passengers who choose not to receive the experimental jab will almost surely fly with airlines who don’t enforce experimental injections on their pilots and flight attendants.
Here’s the latest:
ALERT: Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines will NOT REQUIRE employees to get vaccinated, breaking with United Airlines' mandate that workers get vaccinated by October 25th or face getting fired.
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) August 10, 2021
Three major US airlines — Delta, Southwest and American Airlines — will NOT mandate Covid shots for their unvaccinated workers. https://t.co/Sy3syPK6uN
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) August 11, 2021
Pilots, mechanics & stewardesses fought back. They won. Now, United faces a double risk: lawsuits & losing some of their best employees if they don't reverse course. https://t.co/gPmJdRlhhG
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) August 11, 2021
Don’t overthink this one. Southwest and American Airlines HQ in Texas. Delta HQ in Georgia. United Airlines HQ in Illinois. Doesn’t get too much more complicated than their state houses. Wimps, nonetheless. https://t.co/WNDBQT4amE
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) August 10, 2021
Of course, the COVID-19 vaccine cultists went bonkers over the announcement:
All I heard was fly United https://t.co/QSUX3jnETq
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) August 10, 2021
It seems after Delta Variant, we are now primed for American Variant and Southwest Variant to join the party https://t.co/NukDHJZuYs
— Shiv Ramdas (@nameshiv) August 10, 2021
Frustrated that American Airlines, Southwest Airlines & Delta do not require vaccinations for their employees. Fly United.
— Pink Freud (@alaskarebel) August 9, 2021
In other airline news, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines took the United route and mandated the experimental jabs for their staff:
Hawaiian Airlines says it will require U.S. staff to be vaccinated against Covid by Nov. 1, the third major airline to issue a vaccine mandate in less than a week. Exceptions for medical/religious reasons. United and Frontier issued mandates on Friday. https://t.co/Fo8fnDvCSm
— Leslie Josephs (@lesliejosephs) August 10, 2021
Hawaiian Airlines told U.S. staff they will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, becoming the third major carrier to issue such a mandate in less than a week.
CEO Peter Ingram told employees Monday that they must receive their second shot, if they are getting a two-dose vaccine, by Nov. 1, though there will be exceptions for medical or religious reasons, according to a staff memo reviewed by CNBC.Last week, United Airlines became the country’s first major carrier to mandate vaccines, requiring that its 67,000-person U.S. workforce show proof of inoculation by Oct. 25 at the latest. Frontier Airlines also announced that it will require that its employees be vaccinated against Covid by Oct. 1 or that they are regularly tested.
“It is not a decision I take lightly, and I would acknowledge that my own thinking on this has evolved over the last few months as I have watched this pandemic continue to take its terrible toll,” Ingram said in his note. He said senior leadership “deliberated extensively” and consulted the board of directors.
“Safety is the foundation of air travel, and it is ingrained throughout our operation and service. This is no different,” he said.
Most other U.S. airlines have encouraged but not mandated that staff get vaccinated. However, Delta Air Lines said in the spring that new hires would need to show proof of vaccination. United had followed suit several weeks later.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told employees Monday that United’s announcement last week sparked questions from its own staff about the airline’s stance.
Fake News CNN discussed the announcement from Delta, American, and Southwest:
The CEOs of Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines say they are not requiring unvaccinated employees to receive the shot, breaking with United Airlines’ mandate that workers get vaccinated by October 25 or face getting fired.In an internal memo obtained by CNN, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the airline will “continue to strongly encourage” that workers get vaccinated, but the airline’s stance has not shifted.“Obviously, I am very concerned about the latest Delta variant, and the effect on the health and Safety of our Employees and our operation, but nothing has changed,” Kelly said.Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told Good Day New York on Tuesday that 75% of its workforce has already been vaccinated even without a companywide mandate.
Situation for new hiresIn May, Delta became the first major carrier to require that all new hires be vaccinated. United Airlines made a similar announcement in June.“I think there’s some additional steps and measures we can take to get the vaccine rates even higher, but what we’re seeing is every day is those numbers continue to grow,” Bastian said.Both announcements follow a New York Times podcast interview with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, who said the airline is giving workers who get vaccinated by the end of this month one extra day of vacation in 2022.