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Airline Pilots are not buying it

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IMAGINE, you submit to the clot-shot jab so you can catch a flight but find you can’t fly because the airline’s pilots are not dumb enough to submit to the fake vaccine.

America’s massive Southwest Airlines’ top brass can deny the massive delays they’ve been experiencing have anything to do with their insistence staff take Covid shots or lose their job till they are blue in the face but no one is buying it.

Southwest is experiencing turbulence. Over the weekend, the Texas-based airline cancelled over 1,800 flightsMonday was no better: almost 400 more flights were cancelled. A corporate spokesman, Alan Kasher, blamed the catastrophic interruption in business on bad weather in Florida and ‘issues’ with air traffic control.

His claim was met with disbelief, as the Federal Aviation Administration countered that no ATC staffing shortages were reported over the weekend, and competitor airlines flying in the same regions only cancelled a tiny fraction of their own flights. The real reason for the cancellations is an open secret, despite Kasher’s reticence in acknowledging it. Southwest’s pilots and crews have been given a vaccine mandate, and they’re simply not having it. 

Here’s what’s actually happening. On September 9, Joe Biden announced his intention to force every company that employs more than 100 people to give their employees a vaccine mandate.

Southwest Airlines subsequently relayed a communiqué to its employees, pilots, and crew members: 

Southwest Airlines will be required to comply with the federal government’s directive for Employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline was set for December 8: get the vaccine, hope for an exemption, or be fired. 

Many of these employees had already contracted and beaten the disease, enjoying an effective natural immunity. Others remained concerned about reports of adverse effects, including thrombosis (for which the Johnson & Johnson jab was pulled from market) and myocarditis (for which the Moderna shot was pulled as well). Many were also aware that vaccinations don’t completely stop breakthrough infections and have demonstrated a diminishing effectivness.

Whoa! Grounded! Pilots cash in their paid sick days, often accumulating months’ worth, even years. Otherwise, as no one is listening to them, pilots are simply calling in sick and cashing in their paid leave. It’s hard to believe that Southwest is so willing to infuriate both stranded customers and disgruntled pilots to avoid being beaten with it.

It is natural that airline executives would want to stay ‘on-message with the Washington cult. They’ve multiple times gone begging to Congress lamenting the looming layoffs of their ‘valued employees’ and asking for taxpayer bailout dollars. They’ve received them as well as millions in compensation for themselves.


Customers stranded at airports and dealing with cancelled flights can’t be blamed for being frustrated, but their ire ought not be aimed at Southwest pilots, any more than the many tea enthusiasts among the American colonials should have been angry at the men who tossed the tea shipments into Boston Harbor.  Economic disruption can be powerful, both as a symbol and as a practical protest method. 

Perhaps even more so than the nurses and doctors once held up as heroes and now fired for refusing the jab, these pilots and crew members are showing concerned Americans, Europeans, Australians, and all free citizens, a potential way forward through this miserable morass of mandates.

In Western democracies, government is designed to represent the people, not rule them. At some point, our elected officials decided that they would prefer to be masters rather than servants. Just tell them no. American corporations exist at the whim of their customers and through the willingness of their employees. The United States government serves only with the consent of the governed. Neither is the king of anybody. It’s high time they stop behaving as if they are. 

Southwest Airlines’ goodwill is gone. Its executives now have a choice: hold firm to a specious vaccine mandate and watch its customers and employees fly away or, find a spine, and tell the federal government that it won’t play the willing stooge to Biden’s bullying tactics. It’s time for corporate vaccine mandates to crash and burn. 

NOTE: By  R. M. Huffman, a physician, author, and observer of culture.

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