KDFW: Southwest, American Airlines will comply with federal vaccine mandate despite Texas governor’s order

KDFW: Southwest, American Airlines will comply with federal vaccine mandate despite Texas governor’s order. “Both Southwest and American Airlines say they it will go against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive order and instead comply with President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring employees to be vaccinated. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines made the announcement Tuesday in response the order Abbott issued Monday.”

BuzzFeed News: Southwest Airlines And The Pilots Union Say Vaccine Mandates Had Nothing To Do With The Massive Flight Cancellations

BuzzFeed News: Southwest Airlines And The Pilots Union Say Vaccine Mandates Had Nothing To Do With The Massive Flight Cancellations. “Conservative figures and politicians opposing vaccine and mask mandates have blamed more than 2,000 recent flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines on vaccine mandates, but both the airline and pilots union have said the massive number of flight disruptions had nothing to do with it. That didn’t stop some politicians, like former president Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Andy Biggs from Arizona, from trying to link the cancellations to federal vaccine mandates even though they offered no evidence of it.”

USA Today: Google’s latest sustainable travel push? Showing carbon emissions for flights in search results

USA Today: Google’s latest sustainable travel push? Showing carbon emissions for flights in search results. “This Wednesday, Google launched a new feature that displays a carbon emissions estimate for nearly every flight in its search results next to the price and duration of the flight. It’ll allow eco-conscious travelers to factor carbon emissions into their choice when deciding which flight to book.”

Senatore Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel

Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel. “Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, a bill that would require all passengers on domestic airline flights to either be fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative for COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19. The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, to develop national vaccination standards and procedures related to COVID-19 and domestic air travel in order to prevent future outbreaks of the disease.”

The Verge: Refusing to wear a mask on an airplane could now cost you up to $3,000 in fines

The Verge: Refusing to wear a mask on an airplane could now cost you up to $3,000 in fines. “Refusing to wear a mask on an airplane is about to get really expensive. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it was doubling civil penalties for those who refuse to comply with federal mask mandates on commercial airlines, at airports, or on certain forms of public transportation like passenger rail or intercity buses. Repeat offenders could now face fines of up to $3,000.”

BBC: Boeing says air travel to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024

BBC: Boeing says air travel to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024. “The plane maker Boeing says it expects that it will take another two and a half years for global aviation to return to pre-pandemic levels. Its vice president of commercial marketing, Darren Hulst, said: ‘The industry recovers to 2019 levels of traffic by the end of 2023, early 2024’ and domestic flying would be at the forefront of any recovery.”

Newsweek: Lora Reinbold, Anti-Mask Lawmaker, Says She Can’t Fly to Senate After Airline Ban

Newsweek: Lora Reinbold, Anti-Mask Lawmaker, Says She Can’t Fly to Senate After Airline Ban . “State senator Lora Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, said that her ban from Alaska Airlines made it impossible for her to fly into the state capital Juneau to carry out her legislative duties. In April, the airline banned Reinbold because she refused to follow the company’s COVID-19 rules on mask wearing which cited federal law requiring all passengers ‘to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times during travel.’”

Newsweek: Woman Removed From JetBlue Flight In Handcuffs After Refusing to Wear Mask

Newsweek: Woman Removed From JetBlue Flight In Handcuffs After Refusing to Wear Mask. “Footage purporting to show a woman being removed from a JetBlue flight in handcuffs after she refused to wear a mask has circulated online. The video, showing the woman’s alleged ejection from the plane, was shared to TikTok by Brooklyn DeGumbia, a freelance reporter who previously worked for FOX23 and witnessed the incident firsthand.”

Associated Press: United lays out employee rules as vaccine requirement looms

Associated Press: United lays out employee rules as vaccine requirement looms. “United Airlines says that more than half its employees who weren’t vaccinated last month have gotten their shots since the company announced that vaccines would be required. The airline’s 67,000 U.S.-based employees face a Sept. 27 deadline for getting vaccinated. United said Wednesday, however, that employees whose bids for exemptions based on medical reasons or religious beliefs are denied will get five more weeks to get vaccinated.”

Federal Aviation Administration: FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes

Federal Aviation Administration: FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes. “Shining a laser at an aircraft poses a serious safety threat and can result in large fines and criminal penalties. Working to identify trends in laser strikes, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a visualization tool that analyzes laser strike data from 2010 to 2020. Using the Tableau software platform, the tool identifies trends that include geographic area, per capita data, time of day and year.”

New York Times: Unvaccinated U.S. visitors could soon face new restrictions on travel to Europe.

New York Times: Unvaccinated U.S. visitors could soon face new restrictions on travel to Europe.. “The European Union on Monday recommended that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions for visitors from the United States who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus, a fresh blow to the continent’s ailing tourism sector and a sign that potential measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus might remain in place for months.”

The Mandarin: New tool forecasts number of COVID-19 infections on international flights

The Mandarin: New tool forecasts number of COVID-19 infections on international flights. “More than 48,000 COVID-19 cases would have entered Australia between January and May last year had the federal government not implemented travel bans, according to new research by CSIRO and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The research has shown that Australia successfully lowered the number of imported COVID-19 cases by 88% over that same period, to around 6,000 cases.”