Southwest Airlines workers protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandate outside firm’s HQ (VIDEOS)
Current and former Southwest Airlines staff have gathered outside the company’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas to celebrate “medical freedom” and called on the airline to ditch its vaccine mandate.
On Monday, hundreds of demonstrators held signs aloft that read, “Terminate the mandate,” “Freedom not force” and “No jabs for jobs,” as they convened at Southwest Airlines’ headquarters in Dallas to protest against the mandate.
Attendees chanted “My body, my choice” as they lined the highway outside the airline facility. Some carried US flags, while another waved a flag adorned with an eagle superimposed on the stars and stripes.
In footage shared on Twitter, one pilot taking part in the protest said that the airline must stop its “medical tyranny”.
DALLAS- John, a pilot for Southwest Airlines shares an important message on behalf of employees:‘No medical tyranny should be allowed at Southwest Airlines. Our slogan is freedom, yet our executive management is trying to take away our freedoms of choice’ pic.twitter.com/fq4isEnZwq— Sav (@RapidFire_Pod) October 18, 2021
Southwest Airline employees chant “My Body, My Choice”, nice signs too#LetsGoBrandonpic.twitter.com/nO2ToqRDBu— Hunting Wolf In PA (@SlayerWolf11) October 18, 2021
A public invitation for the demonstration, shared on Facebook, called on people to exercise their First Amendment right in the name of “freedom, not force.”
Southwest Airlines set a deadline for staff to be vaccinated against Covid for the first week of October under a federal mandate as a company holding contracts with the US government. The airline canceled thousands of flights last week amid rumors of staff calling in sick to protest against the vaccine mandate, with Southwest saying the cancelations were due to air traffic control issues and disruptive weather.Also on rt.com Biden praises Southwest Covid vaccine mandate amid cancelation chaos, says it will help 'eliminate this disease'
Last week, the Dallas-based airline said it would not comply with an executive order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who deemed compulsory vaccinations unlawful. Inoculations should “always be voluntary for Texans,” he stated.
Southwest said in a statement on the matter that “according to the President’s Executive Order, federal action supersedes any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”
United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have all elected to implement the vaccine mandate.
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