Southwest says disruptions are not due to its vaccine mandate
Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy told Southwest Airlines to “eat it” as cancellations from the airline began this weekend, and critics speculated it was due to employees protesting the company’s vaccine mandate.
“This makes me happier than I could possibly express. Eat this, @SouthwestAir,” Roy tweeted in response to a photo full of people amid the cancellation of Southwest’s terminal at Reagan National Airport.
More than 1,000 weekend flights were canceled by Southwest, which the airline blamed on bad weather. Critics lambasted the disruptions, and speculated that the company’s vaccine mandate played a role, noting that the airline’s pilots’ union recently asked a court to block the mandate.
Roy also tweeted that he is currently working on legislation that would require companies to pay bailout funds taken by them if they fire employees for not complying with the vaccine mandate.
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In another tweet on Sunday evening, Roy said, “I’m working on legislation to require all companies that took bailouts to be paid back – in full – if they follow @JoeBiden’s unconstitutional order.” Accordingly, any employee is fired for lack of wax.”
In another tweet, Roy said, “I stand with employees and am asking our corporate and government officials to remove this. No mercy – stop them all. Stop them all. #LetsGoBrandon #SayNoToVaxMandates, Roy said in another tweet.
Southwest flight canceled, delays continue on Monday after disrupted weekend
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz also blamed President Biden’s “illegal vaccine mandate” for the flight disruptions.
“Joe Biden’s illegal vaccine is at work! Suddenly, we’re short of pilots and air traffic controllers. #Thanksjoe.”
The airline announced last week that its employees should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and fully vaccinated by December 8. The rule came in response to the Biden administration’s new rules requiring companies with federal contracts to vaccinate employees.
Southwest Airlines told Granthshala News in an emailed statement that there were “weekend challenges”. No The result of employee demonstrations, as some have reported,” and that weather issues in Florida caused much disruption.
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“We have close to normal operation today, navigating some new weather in our system. Weekend cancellations, bad weather and redecorating ATC issues in Florida, a major operation for us took a toll on our entire Friday night.” caused significant flight disruptions in the network and we spent the weekend recovering from the large number of displaced employees, aircraft and customers. Although there is some new weather in some parts of our systems, operations today have improved significantly from the weekend, including The number of cancellations is very low. Our weekend recovery efforts. We appreciate our customer and employee patience as we work to reset our schedule,” the statement added.