About 1/3rd of SW Airlines flights cancelled over weekend
“Hell, we know they’re not vaccines. They are experiments that are killing people, making them sick, injuring them and we are not going to be one of their lab rats.”
Southwest, American, Delta, Allegiant, Spirit and other airlines have seen increases in loss of their staffs, including pilots and attendants since the beginning of the Biden presidency.
“When you read flight cancellations are due to bad weather don’t believe a word of it,” one Texas based airline pilot told me, under the condition of anonymity, Sunday afternoon. “This weekend’s cancellations are long overdue and the primary reason are how we are being treated about these so called vaccine mandates.”
As of 6 p.m., CST, over 1,940 domestic and international flights were cancelled by Southwest Airlines since Friday, with almost the same amount delayed.
“The big majority of us (pilots) are from the military,” he continued. “We are dedicated Americans. We’re not stupid and see the writing on the wall.”
“Biden and the government are going after nurses, police, military, firefighters, teachers, and small businesses with these destructive mandates,” he noted. “Now they are going for us. It’s not going to happen.”
“We’ve been saving monetarily, banking our paid vacation and time off accrurals for this moment,” he said. “Why should we work now, with the threat of terminations over our heads? No way.”
“It’s not just pilots,” he admitted. “We are talking about the flight attendants, ticketing agents, baggage, maintenance and ground crews.”
“They tell us they are doing us a favor by giving us DoorDash subscriptions this week, like that’s going to appease us.”
The Southwest Airlines’ flight attendant union, TWU Local 556, indicates their members are being offered bonuses in attempts to maintain staff levels.
With the weekend not over, about one-third of Southwest flights were canceled. Delta and American cancelled 10% and 7% of their flights respectively, while Allegiant and Spirit canceled 7% and 6%.
Last week, in a Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) memo, the organization hinted that the company’s notification of the vaccination mandate and the “lack of detail only fuels a growing divide that continues to erode the already strained relationship between Southwest Airlines and its Pilots’ Union.”
“Southwest dismissed our union’s collective bargaining agreement,” the pilot offered. “We are filing a restraining order against this stupid vaccine mandate. Hell, we know they’re not vaccines. They are experiments that are killing people, making them sick, injuring them and we are not going to be one of their lab rats.”
By Saturday, SWAPA backpedaled, indicating the union was “not anti-vaccination, but we do believe that, under all circumstances, it is our role to represent the health and safety of our Pilots and bring their concerns to the Company.”
The Texas pilot said that they (pilots and employees) “know that with holiday season around the corner, people are planning their upcoming trips.”
“It’s high season,” he continued. “They lose if we don’t fly and we don’t fly if we have to be so-called vaccinated.”
“We know pilots from other airlines are watching us,” he observed. “They are with us and don’t like these mandates either.”
A baggage handler (and distant cousin who has worked for an airline over 20 years) said, “We have their backs. We know if they (pilots) don’t fly, we don’t work. Besides we don’t want those shots either.”
Please Support These Patriotic American Owned Family Businesses