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    Southwest Airlines cancels 1,800 flights days after pilot union sued over Covid-19 vaccine mandate

    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."

    Southwest's issues with weather and traffic control did not appear to be shared by other airlines...

    Southwest Airlines cancels 1,800 flights days after pilot union sued over Covid-19 vaccine mandate | The Independent

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    Great to hear. More people need to take a stand and sue instead of caving.

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    Hoo-ruh

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    It was a protest against the vaccine mandates, but the pilots couldn't call it that. I spoke to a pilot based out of TX and he confirmed everything.

    Southwest rarely cancels for any reason. This sickout was very obvious to most and I think it included some 40% of pilots and air traffic control workers which would have crippled air travel industry.

    My understanding is that the airlines have lifted the mandate. I was supposed to fly out this past Sunday but all the flights canceled. Of course they blamed it on weather, but most of us knew better. I spent over 8 hrs at SFO.

    I'm finally flying out today. The protest inconvenienced me but I stand behind the pilots 100%. They are fighting against tyranny IMO.

    I heard our illustrious Governor lifted some of the mandates today as well in California.

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    I think the stakes are high for the pilots. If a side effect pops up down the road, it is career ending.

    I have also heard that pilots are more susceptible to blood clotting, a known side effect of the shots due to altitude. That is potentially life ending.

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    Now if every group of employees would do like that we might get somewhere.

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