Southwest cancels hundreds of flights nationwide amid vax protest rumors
Sunday Update: A Southwest Airlines pilot has emailed Alex Berenson explaining a little of what’s going on.
Air-traffic controllers walking out in protest of vaccine mandates, combined with other issues across the airline’s network, is forcing the Dallas-based carrier to delay and cancel hundreds of flights.
ALL flights into Florida have been canceled, per pilot.
The announcement was just made while on the tarmac.
Pilot told the full 737 @SouthwestAir flight that we now have to DEPLANE.
He said the Jacksonville air traffic control is “understaffed.”
Looks like I’m in AZ toight
— Denise Sawyer of CBS12 (@DeniseCBS12) October 8, 2021
By Saturday afternoon, the flight-tracking website Flight Aware showed Southwest with 568 cancellations and 717 delayed flights nationwide.
“Air Traffic Control (ATC) issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend as we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers as quickly as possible,” Southwest said in an emailed statement.
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After receiving pushback to that initial statement online from those who pointed out that the Federal Aviation Administration’s delay website showed no evidence of delays, the airline issued an updated statement.
“We experienced significant impact in the Florida airports yesterday evening after an FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations.
“We are working hard behind the scenes to minimize challenges and fully recover the operation as we take care of displaced Crews and Customers as quickly as possible. We will continue to reset our network today and hope to return to close to normal operations as we move into Sunday,” the statement from Southwest read.
Southwest did not comment on social-media reports that the issues are related to labor action due to vaccine mandates.
ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021
They always blame the weather and it is rarely true. We got this alert in Denver this morning and it is a beautiful day. I immediately knew something else was going on!
— Suzanne Cole-Rice (@secolerice) October 10, 2021
From my dad who is a pilot about the current situation with Southwest airlines pic.twitter.com/44tFnM3tYz
— ☦️Joshua☦️ (@I_Kill_Art_Hoes) October 10, 2021
For the gaslighting corporate media and progressive pay for play shills, here is the Southwest pilots association’s motion for a restraining order against the airline. Guess what it’s about? https://t.co/tjpZww7TmY pic.twitter.com/KIWeTQjCou
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) October 10, 2021