Reading between the lines - Southwest Airlines

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From industry source Airways Magazine:

Southwest Airlines Cancels 1,800+ Weekend Flights
Today, Southwest Airlines (WN) canceled over 1,000 flights, or 27% of its schedule, due to disruptions caused by air traffic control issues and bad weather, according to the airline.

According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, the Dallas-based airline canceled 808 flights on Saturday. In comparison, American Airlines (AA), which has a big hub in Miami, canceled 63 mainline flights, or 2% of its operation, and Spirit Airlines (NK), based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, canceled 32 flights, or 4% of its schedule.

On social media, the difference between WN’s operation and that of other airlines sparked rumors that staff were calling in sick. So what is going on at WN? Is it more than just an ATC and weather issue?

A bit more - here is where reading between the lines comes into play:

Comments from Southwest Pilot Association
The airline’s recent announcement that it would comply with the Biden administration’s requirement that federal contractors mandate staff COVID vaccinations is contributing to pilots’ distractions, the WN Pilots Association, the pilots’ labor union, said earlier on Saturday.

“All of these challenges have led to an added distraction in the cockpit,” it said. “This week’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate announcement by the Company only exacerbates the situation.”

“Make no mistake about it – due to months of staffing issues and inefficient scheduling practices we have been operating at a higher than normal operational risk,” the union’s safety committee told members in a post on Saturday. It also stated that fatigue reports, which force pilots not to fly, are three times higher than historical norms.

However, the union said it was certain its pilots were not participating in any official or unofficial job actions. “Our Pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s bad planning, as well as any external operational hurdles,” it claimed.

Yeah. Riiiight...

Looks like the vax mandate is getting pushback from all sides.  This is not a case of public health, this is a case of due process and personal freedom. The masks are just Kabuki, the vaccines have not been tested properly and the whole thing is designed to instill panic so that the people in DC can grab even more power and grow the government outside what our Constitution mandates.

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