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WATCH: Southwest Airlines CEO Says He’s ‘Never Been in Favor’ of Businesses Mandating Vaccines


Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said he has “never been in favor” of corporations mandating COVID vaccines for employees after his company canceled thousands of flights across the United States.

“I’m not in favor of that and never have been,” said Kelly. “But the Executive Order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and federal contractors —which covers all the major airlines — have to have a vaccine in place by December 8th.”

He added: “We’re working through that.”

Southwest canceled at least 600 flights on Monday and more than 2,000 over the weekend due to what executives claimed was bad weather and technical problems from Air Flight Controllers.

“Although we have some new weather in parts of our system, today’s operation has vastly improved from the weekend, with a much smaller number of cancellations linked to our weekend recovery efforts,” the carrier said.

Many speculated the shutdown was due to workers striking the company’s mandated vaccine deadline.

The issues were “not a result of employee demonstrations, as some have reported,” the airline clarified.

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6 responses to “WATCH: Southwest Airlines CEO Says He’s ‘Never Been in Favor’ of Businesses Mandating Vaccines”

  1. Revu says:

    And so the backpedaling begins…

  2. john.s.chambers1@gmail.com says:

    I flew SWA yesterday and now boycotting them and all businesses that mandate this vaccine. I am only one person but hope together we stand up against this tyranny.

  3. john.s.chambers1@gmail.com says:

    I flew SWA yesterday amidst the chaos. I am personally boycotting them and all businesses that mandate this vaccine. I am only one person but hope together we stand up against this tyranny.

  4. Maiafay says:

    Maybe someone should tell this moron that Biden didn’t mandate anything officially. It was a press release. Duh.