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Southwest Airlines Cancels 1,800 Flights After Pilots File Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandate

It’s no surprise that the airline issued a carefully crafted PR statement blaming its problems on ‘disruptive weather’ and air traffic control issues – as corporations are desperate to avoid any additional public attention to their unconstitutional vaccine mandates. But they won’t be able to hide the truth forever. 


Forbes confirmed the airline’s obfuscation:

Two days after the pilots’ union at Southwest Airlines asked a federal judge to block the company’s vaccine mandate, the airline canceled 27% of its planned flights for Sunday, CNBC reported, citing issues with weather and air traffic control that have not resulted in widespread grounding at other airlines.

The Southwest Airline Pilots Association (SWAPA), which represents nearly 10,000 pilots, told CNBC that its members were not holding up the flights and blamed the airline’s executives for mismanaging the company’s staffing and scheduling.

The union’s court filing said that Southwest’s pandemic decisions “unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment” that violate the labor protections for airline workers, Bloomberg reported, and on Saturday said the mandate has aggravated a stressful environment for pilots caused by the problems with scheduling and staffing, according to CNBC.

The union said that pilots, who are not allowed to fly when they report fatigue, have made three times as many such reports recently, CNBC reported.

The Independent also reported on the pilots’ legal action against the vaccine mandate, but left any mention of it until very end of the article…

Southwest Airlines cancelled at least 1,800 flights just days after its pilot union sued the company over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

Southwest was forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights on Sunday, around 30 per cent of its US schedule, according to the FlightAware website.

And it blamed “disruptive weather” and air traffic control issues for its problems.

But the Federal Aviation Administration said that airlines were experiencing problems because of their own difficulties with staffing and aircraft.

And another 800 flights were cancelled on Saturday, according to The Washington Post.

The airline said in a Sunday statement that its problems began on Friday because of weather issues at its Florida airports that “were compounded by unexpected air traffic control issues in the same region, triggering delays and prompting significant cancellations for us beginning Friday evening.”

(….) The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said in its own statement that pilots that although it was aware of “operational difficulties affecting Southwest Airlines” it could “say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.”

And the union added: “Our Pilots will continue to overcome (Southwest) management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive Pilots in the world.”

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