American and Southwest sounded comparable notes.
“We consider the federal vaccine mandate supersedes any conflicting state legal guidelines, and this doesn’t change something for American,” American Airways stated of Abbott’s ban.
Southwest provided: “We’d be anticipated to adjust to the president’s order to stay compliant as a federal contractor.”
Gee, that wasn’t so exhausting. Actually, all of them type of shrugged off Abbott’s order and not using a second thought. If Abbott had any sense, he can be humiliated, however he’s most likely not. American set a deadline Nov. 24 for full vaccination, and Southwest set its goal date Dec. 8.
One other airline with a serious hub in Houston has already confirmed how efficient employer vaccine mandates might be in saving lives. In rather less than two months, United Airways has now succeeded in vaccinating 99.7% of its workforce.
United CEO Scott Kirby stated the corporate made the choice after they misplaced a 57-year-old pilot to COVID-19. It was the second time Kirby had been notified of an worker’s loss of life as a consequence of COVID, and he lastly referred to as collectively the management group and stated, “Sufficient is sufficient. We are able to do one thing about this.”
In accordance with Kirby, United was each the primary airline to require its staff to be vaccinated and the primary airline to require masking on flights.
“I want we had gotten to 100%,” he stated of vaccinating United’s workforce, “however out of our 67,000 workers, there are 232 who haven’t been vaccinated, and they’re going via the termination course of now.”
As for Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates, Kirby stated it’s “within the rearview mirror” for United “as a result of we already bought everybody vaccinated.”
There’s nothing higher as a politician than making an attempt to punch up solely to comprehend you’re irrelevant.
Right here’s the CBS interview with United CEO Scott Kirby: