U.S. airlines, Delta and Southwest have not hesitated over their respective COVID-19 vaccine policies for employees despite stringent warrants recently issued by rivals.
Rather, these carriers strongly encourage their employees and, in some cases, even offer incentives for workers to be vaccinated.
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A Southwest spokesperson told FOX Business that the airline always strongly encourages its employees to get vaccinated and to disclose their vaccination status to the company. Southwest has not commented on other incentives.
American takes a similar approach, although the airline goes so far as to offer rewards to those who get the jab.
Vaccinated team members will not only have “an extra day off in 2022,” but they will receive $ 50 through the company’s employee recognition platform, an American Airlines spokesperson told FOX Business.
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US CEO Doug Parker previously told The New York Times he favors incentives, “but we’re not putting mandates in place.”
Delta either. The carrier’s CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC it would be difficult to require employees or domestic travelers to get vaccinated until the vaccines receive full FDA approval. However, in May, the carrier demanded that all new recruits in the United States be vaccinated.
In contrast, Hawaiian, United and Frontier Airlines have all issued warrants.
Hawaiian Airlines was the last carrier to notify employees of the new policy. In a note sent by CEO Peter Ingram on Monday, U.S.-based staff members were told they needed to be vaccinated by November 1, according to USA Today.
“Safety is the foundation of air travel and it is embedded in all of our operations and services,” the memo reads. “It’s no different. By getting vaccinated, we protect ourselves and those around us.”
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Last week, airlines United and Frontier published their notices on the same day.
Frontier will require employees to be fully immunized by October 1 or undergo “regular” testing for the virus.
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For United, U.S. employees must be fully immunized by October 25 or five weeks after the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to one of the vaccines – whichever date comes first. Otherwise, employees could be made redundant,
United CEO Scott Kirby said the “tipping point” for him was to see hospitalization rates for unvaccinated patients in addition to growing concerns about the delta variant.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.