Over the weekend Southwest Airlines canceled over 1800 flights, and their troubles seemed to continue Monday when another 363 flights were canceled. The weekend flight cancellations represented nearly 30% of the airline’s weekend flights, and Monday’s cancellations were about 10%. By comparison, the other 3 major airlines (American, United, and Delta) had cancelled only 92 flights in the same time period.
Southwest had blamed the trouble on weather and unexplained issues at Air Traffic Control. If that were true, it seems odd that the weather and Air Traffic Control issues affected Southwest Airlines exclusively. A much more likely cause is that the employees of the airline are fighting back against the vaccine mandate. The company mandate, which was released on October 4th, threatens any employee not vaccinated by December 8, 2021, with termination.
In response to the mandate, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Dallas. The union did distance itself from any theories about striking pilots. “We can say with confidence that our pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.”
So, while there is no definitive evidence that Southwest’s troubles were driven by employees staying home, there really is no reasonable alternate explanation. The nation owes these Southwest employees a huge debt of gratitude. Many people were stuck at airports over the weekend, which is a temporary and admittedly irritating situation. However, the loss of freedom and bodily autonomy is much more permanent and tragic. The trains and planes likely run on time in communist China, but everyone there is a slave to the all-powerful state. In order to remain free, America needs heroes to answer the call to action. Southwest Airlines employees are doing just that.