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.”

CNBC: Delta Air Lines is raising health insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees by $200 a month to cover higher Covid costs

CNBC: Delta Air Lines is raising health insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees by $200 a month to cover higher Covid costs. “Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian notified employees Wednesday that they will face $200 monthly increases on their health insurance premiums starting Nov. 1 if they aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19, citing steep costs to cover employees who are hospitalized with the virus.”

NBC News: Don’t duct tape unruly passengers, United Airlines says in memo to employees

NBC News: Don’t duct tape unruly passengers, United Airlines says in memo to employees. “Unruly passengers may have been duct taped to their seats on other carriers, but United Airlines officials want to make clear that they do not endorse the practice. ‘Please remember that there are designated items onboard that may be used in difficult situations, and alternative measures such as tape should never be used,’ John Slater, senior vice president of inflight services, told employees in a Friday memo.”

BBC: Just how hard is it to recycle a jumbo jet?

BBC: Just how hard is it to recycle a jumbo jet?. “Thanks to the pandemic and the subsequent collapse in air travel, around a quarter of the world’s passenger jets remain idle – parked at airports and storage facilities while their owners decide what to do with them. Some of those aircraft will never fly again.”

ABC News: Demand for air travel flatlines amid delta variant surge

ABC News: Demand for air travel flatlines amid delta variant surge. “The first signs are emerging that the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is dampening demand for air travel: cancelations are rising, while passenger loads and air fare are on the decline. On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 1.7 million people nationwide — the lowest number of passengers in nearly two months.”

Washington Post: United Airlines becomes first carrier to mandate vaccine for U.S.-based employees

Washington Post: United Airlines becomes first carrier to mandate vaccine for U.S.-based employees. “United Airlines will require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the company announced Friday, becoming the first domestic airline to require the vaccine as a condition of employment. The company’s mandate will apply to all 67,000 of its active, U.S.-based employees, the company said.”

Spectrum News 1: New pilot records database published after push from Flight 3407 families

Spectrum News 1: New pilot records database published after push from Flight 3407 families. “For 12 years, the families of Flight 3407 have worked endlessly to keep us all safe while in the sky. This Friday, they are celebrating a major milestone. The pilot records database was officially published Thursday, which can provide air carriers with insight into a pilot’s flight history, including accidents and incidents reported on the job.”

PsyPost: Study uncovers severe mental health issues among flight attendants at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

PsyPost: Study uncovers severe mental health issues among flight attendants at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Flight attendants who were grounded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic showed severe symptoms of depression and stress, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Those who were flying during this time showed severe symptoms of anxiety.”

Colorado Sun: Colorado man accused of refusing to wear mask, then urinating on Denver-bound flight

Colorado Sun: Colorado man accused of refusing to wear mask, then urinating on Denver-bound flight. “A Colorado man accused of disrupting an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver by refusing to wear a mask and then standing up and urinating in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants that carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.”

Wired: The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic

Wired: The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic. “Delta, which previously boarded passengers according to ticket classes and mileage club memberships, is loading the airplane back to front, so that flyers don’t pass by others as they make their way to their seats. After preboarding families and passengers that need extra time, United is going back-to-front too. Even Southwest, famous for letting passengers choose their seats, is only letting 10 passengers on at a time, instead of the usual 30. The process is certainly slower, but Southwest, and other airlines, have far fewer passengers these days.”