Southwest Airlines passengers are still dealing with hundreds of cancelled flights. There is speculation that the chaos may be related to vaccine mandates. The Five discussed whether President Biden’s September edict had legal teeth and how the airline originally blamed bad weather for cancelling flight.
Texas-based pilots union and airline denied that there was any link between this situation and company mandate to give coronavirus shots to employees.
Jesse Watters pointed out that U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg does have jurisdiction over air travel. However, he has not been present as chaos escalated.
“Mayor Pete will have all his hands full [as the holidays approach] – he’s in charge. Mayor Pete is missing. “All this labor activity before Christmas and the holidays?” He was referring to the Indiana Democrat.
Watters stated that the September vaccine mandate, which Biden made public in a September national address, is not a true “mirage”, as it still needs to be formalized and reviewed by all the appropriate bureaucracies before being implemented.
The rule was never written. The rule might never be published. Once it’s written, it has to go through lawyers and then once it’s established, there are six months until companies have to do anything,” he said, adding that Southwest and others requiring the jab did so based on something still in the abstract:
“[T]The threat was enough to make the companies fall in line with a press release. Now you’re seeing the results of that threat,” he said.
Watters said that an employee of Southwest in California informed him that she would be firing her after 23 years, because she won’t accept the vaccination.
She said that a lot other people (at the other airlines) are giving religious exemptions. American Airlines [is because]They want people to stay. Southwest does not do that. “They are really tough on that,” she said.
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“The next morning, Monday, see what happens.”
Dana Perino, host of Southwest’s original weather claims later pointed out that this is not the 1980s where an airline can cancel due to weather. Ridership would need to accept the claim at face value. She said that today’s weather can be viewed via cell phones or internet connection.
Later, Greg Gutfeld, the host, stated that most of those who have been laid off by the airline and other employees because they refuse to take the shot were not acting out of politics but just personal considerations or choice.
“It’s about their families and the decisions they want to make about their bodies,” he said.
“But when the left introduces politics, it becomes a prison of two ideas – you’re either for it or you’re against it.”