(RightWing.org) – Ongoing debate surrounds the airline industry’s future in the wake of the rise of COVID-19’s highly contagious Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently requires everyone to wear masks on planes, but they don’t require fully vaccinated travelers to obtain a COVID test before or after travel unless required by local officials. However, the airlines have taken varying approaches to their mandates when it comes to their own employees.
On August 6, United Airlines announced it would require all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by October 25. Later that day, Frontier Airlines announced its October 1 deadline for vaccinations. A few days later, the CEOs of American, Delta, and Southwest Airlines announced they would not require their employees receive the vaccine.
After United Airlines Issues its Vaccine Mandate, Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines Allow Employees to Remain Unvaccinated
— RedState (@RedState) August 11, 2021
While not requiring the vaccine, all three were encouraging the shots. American Airlines CEO told the New York Times the airline was giving employees until the end of the month to pick up an additional vacation day in 2022 if they get vaccinated.
The CEO for Delta Airlines told Good Day New York that about 75% of his company’s workers already received the vaccine without being prompted. Southwest Airlines CEO distributed a memo to workers saying the airline continues to “strongly encourage” vaccination.
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