Airlines provide special flights, cargo handling and other services to the government. The companies say it makes them government contractors under President Joe Biden, who instructs contractors to vaccinate employees.
Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, told employees late Friday that the airline was still working on the details, but “it is clear that team members who want to live without vaccinations are not working for American Airlines.” Will be able to. “
The American Pilots Union recently estimated that 4,200 – or 30% of the airline’s pilots had not been vaccinated.
Earlier, White House Corona Virus Advisor Jeffrey Zentz spoke with CEOs of American, Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines about the vaccine mandate. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the calls were private.
Airlines are major employers under Biden’s broader order that companies with more than 100 employees require employees to be vaccinated or tested for the virus weekly.
However, there are also government contractors who face a December 8 deadline to enforce vaccination requirements.
Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue Airways said Friday they will require employees to be vaccinated on December 8 because they will be treated like federal contractors.
“This means that employees cannot choose to have regular testing and masks in exchange for vaccines,” Alaska Airlines said in a memo to employees.
Delta said it was still reviewing Biden’s order. The airline had earlier said it would require vaccinations or weekly checks and would impose surcharges on non-vaccinated employees. It will meet the Biden test for large owners but not strict rules for federal contractors.
United Airlines took the initial and strict stand on the need for vaccination. United said Thursday that 320 of its 67,000 U.S. employees are facing suspension for failing to get vaccinated or receiving medical or religious exemptions by the deadline earlier this week.
Employees may be exempt from the vaccine on medical or religious grounds. United is keeping most of these workers on unpaid leave until COVID-19 rates are reduced.
Southwest says it is studying Biden’s order. Both the Southwest and the United States are under pressure from their pilot groups not to require vaccines but to offer options, including testing.
The White House adviser’s call with the airline’s CEOs was first reported by Reuters.
At least two members of Congress سین San Diane Feinstein, D. Caliph, and Rep. Dan Beer, DV. – It is recommended that passengers on domestic flights be vaccinated or show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before the flight.
Anthony Fookie, a senior infectious disease government specialist, supports this approach for domestic flights, and passengers entering the country must pass a negative test before boarding. The Biden administration has not ruled out the idea, which the airlines strongly oppose.
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