Travelers watch a JetBlue Airways aircraft taxi away from a gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport†ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue will require their employees to be vaccinated
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue arejoining United Airlinesin requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to require the shots.
The airlines provide special flights, cargo hauling and other services for the government. The companies say that makes them government contractors who are covered by President Joe Biden’s order directing contractors to require that employees be vaccinated.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told employees late Friday that the airline is still working on details, but “it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines.”
The pilot union at American recently estimated that 4,200 — or 30% — of the airline’s pilots are not vaccinated.