FLORIDA NIGHTMARE — Air Traffic Controllers conduct ‘mass sickout’ to protest Vaccine mandate…
Sunday Update — Southwest cancels 1,000 flights.
Southwest Airlines cancels 1,000 flights and blames it on air traffic control issues and the weather: Passengers are left stranded for a second day in a row after pilots' union sued over vaccine mandate https://t.co/7X0YFP0lXO
— Andrew Bostom, MD, MS (@andrewbostom) October 10, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled close to 2,000 flights over the weekend, blaming the woes on air traffic control issues and weather. The airline canceled more than 1,000 flights or 29% of its Sunday schedule, as of 7 p.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware. That was the highest rate by far of the major U.S. airlines. Next in line was Allegiant, which canceled 6% of its flights. American Airlines canceled 5% of its flights, while Spirit canceled 4% on Sunday, according to the flight tracker.
On Saturday, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 800 flights.
Harteveldt says the most troubling reason is the likelihood that some pilots who oppose Southwest’s decision to mandate COVID vaccinations are participating in a “work slowdown.”
Southwest Internal Memo
Huge headaches for @SouthwestAir passengers this weekend. @Newsy has obtained the internal memo from an executive to employees that offers new details about the "operational disruption" that's resulted in hundreds of canceled flights. I'll have more on Morning Rush @ 7AM ET. pic.twitter.com/Zhqg9JICB4
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) October 10, 2021
Southwest cancels all flights into Florida
BREAKING: Air Traffic Controllers In Jacksonville, FL Staged A Walkout Yesterday In Response To The Vaccine Mandate
It’s Being Reported That All Flights In & Out Of FL Were Cancelled As A Result
Mainstream Media Chose Not To Report On This As Of Yet pic.twitter.com/DCSqh8M1eq
— HeadlineHunter! 🚨 Alerts (@freehumanity911) October 9, 2021
The moment Orlando Airport travelers were informed of the cancellations.
Hundreds of flights today and yesterday have been postponed or canceled into and out of Florida. Legacy media is claiming the outages are due to bad weather, but word has leaked of a mass sickout at the FAA air traffic control center in Jacksonville in protest of federal Vaccine mandates.
— Leland Vittert (@LelandVittert) October 10, 2021
Southwest Airlines blamed the mass cancellations on “ATC issues and disruptive weather”
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
Travelers noted that the weather was just fine…
ATTENTION @SouthwestAir Myself @ a plane full of passengers on the 6:40pm flight 873 from @ATLairport to @FLLFlyer are PISSED! At first the flight was delayed until 7:25pm & then canceled due to weather but my Lady just sent me this video in Ft Lauderdale. What is the REAL issue! pic.twitter.com/k1VlWdpEuu
— Carlos Scott (@NVisionMarketin) October 8, 2021
Walkout over Vaccine mandates…
Is there a media blackout on last night’s air traffic controller walkout in Jacksonville, FL?
Hundreds of flights canceled.
Walkout due to vax mandate
From a trusted source: pic.twitter.com/kCseQMZlal
— Tom Sauer 🇺🇸 ⚓️ 💣 (@thomasbsauer) October 9, 2021
Confirmation ATC was short staffed…
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
There seems to be a major air traffic control issue impacting a significant number of flights in/out of Florida.
— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) October 9, 2021