American, Alaska, JetBlue Announce Employee Vaccine Mandates

Alaska Airlines jets are parked at their terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo by David McNew / Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:17 p.m. PT – Saturday October 2, 2021

More and more major American airlines have given their employees new vaccination mandates. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue each announced new vaccine requirements, according to reports on Friday, while citing Biden government requirements for companies with government contracts to vaccinate their employees.

Unlike companies that are not under government contracts, the White House said employees of state contractors must be given the vaccine without the option of regular testing or the use of masks. Airlines are covered by this arrangement because they have multiple agreements for state flights and services.

“Several of our agreements, including the City Pair program, the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program, and our Department of Defense freight contracts, make American a government contractor,” said Doug Parker, American Airlines chief executive, in a released statement. “… It is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated cannot work for American Airlines.”

The Biden government hired federal contractor employees to get the sting before December 8 to comply with federal guidelines.

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