ABC News: US airline CEOs call on Biden to lift mask mandate on travel

ABC News: US airline CEOs call on Biden to lift mask mandate on travel. “A group of CEOs from all major U.S. airlines called on President Joe Biden to lift the federal mask mandate on public transportation. The group — which includes the heads of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines — said current restrictions such as international predeparture testing requirements and the federal mask mandate are ‘no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.’”

United Airlines details Omicron’s toll: 3,000 workers have the coronavirus. (New York Times)

New York Times: United Airlines details Omicron’s toll: 3,000 workers have the coronavirus. “In a single day over the holidays, nearly one in three United Airlines employees called in sick at Newark Liberty International Airport, a major hub for the airline, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday. The revelation, which came in a memo to staff from the airline’s chief executive, Scott Kirby, helps explain why U.S. airlines have had to cancel more than more than 27,000 flights, or about 8 percent of all scheduled trips, over two weeks starting the day before Christmas, according to FlightAware, a data tracking service.”

Business Insider: United and Spirit Airlines announce temporary pay bumps for pilots and flight attendants in effort to alleviate labor shortages

Business Insider: United and Spirit Airlines announce temporary pay bumps for pilots and flight attendants in effort to alleviate labor shortages. “After a chaotic holiday travel week plagued by mass cancellations and delays, some airlines are turning to temporary salary bumps in an effort to incentivize workers and alleviate labor shortages. United Airlines and Spirit Airlines both announced pay increases for select staffers on Friday, which include tripling pay for United pilots who take extra flights through January 29 and doubling pay for Spirit flight attendants for shifts through January 4.”

Local 10: Passenger wearing ladies’ thong as mask can’t fly United Airlines ever again

Local 10: Passenger wearing ladies’ thong as mask can’t fly United Airlines ever again . ” It was one passenger’s way of protesting the federal mask mandate by wearing a red thong on his face. The flight was leaving from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, but he didn’t take off. He was eventually kicked off the plane and is now banned from flying United Airlines. Adam Jenne said he is not crazy and he has a good reason for masking up with a thong.”

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.”

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.”

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.”