Unlawful Shot Mandates Threaten Flight Travel

Aug 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As COVID shot mandates escalate, major airlines are sacrificing the health and safety of employees and passengers. Three airlines have announced they will require employees to get the COVID injection to keep their jobs. United Airlines became the first major U.S. carrier to mandate the shots for its approximately 67,000 employees, who must be fully vaccinated by October 25 or face termination. Staff who upload vaccination proof by Sept. 20 will receive a full day’s pay, and exemptions will be made for some health or religious reasons on an individual basis. Scores of United employees object to getting these shots. 

Frontier Airlines requires that employees must be vaccinated by October 1. Those who choose not to or are unable to get vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test “on a regular basis.”  Hawaiian Airlines has also told employees that they must be fully vaccinated by November 1. 

American Airlines is “strongly encouraging” team members to get the shots and is providing incentives such an additional vacation day in 2022 plus a $50 gift card through the company’s employee recognition platform. 

However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance last February which identifies certain limitations for the holders of FAA airmen medical certificates or medical clearances who receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) has stated that those individuals receiving either Pfizer or Moderna must be placed on a 48-hour “no fly/no safety-related duty” hold upon receiving each dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The AAM will monitor patient responses to each dose and may adjust the FAA's policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety. 

Not only airline employees but Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) wants passengers who have not had the injections to be added to the government’s no-fly list. HR 4980 was referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security last week. Rep. Torres sponsored the bill which “directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes” (emphasis added). 

Despite the VAERS data that shows 545,337 adverse events, including 12,366 deaths as of July 30, 2021, the federal government and some private companies are choosing to ignore the safety issues and the law.

Laurene Powell Jobs, Atlantic magazine billionaire owner and widow of Steve Jobs, owns two private jets. In that magazine, former Obama Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem wrote an article demanding that Americans who choose not to take the “vaccine” be placed on the federal government’s no-fly list. CNBC’s Jim Cramer recently said, “Airlines have been ‘cowards’ for not mandating vaccines.” CNN's Don Lemon ranted, “You've got to start telling people, if you don’t get vaccinated, you can’t come into this office or this place of business. If you don’t get vaccinated, you can’t come to work. If you don’t get vaccinated, you can’t come into this gym. If you don’t get vaccinated, you can’t get onto this airplane. It has nothing to do with freedom. It has nothing to do with liberty. You don’t have the freedom and the liberty to put other people in jeopardy.” New York City Mayor DeBlasio also said, “Soon you will not be able to go inside a restaurant, inside a gym, or inside a concert or performance in New York City without proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.” 

These collective statements are shocking. They say those who are not “vaccinated” with the COVID jabs should be prohibited from: 

  1. Working
  2. Buying food
  3. Entering public places
  4. Flying 

To add to this insanity, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israeli Jews who refuse the jabs will not hear the Shofar of the Messiah. 

Republican Senator Rand Paul stated, “If we now disagree in our personal medical decisions with the left, they're going to declare that we're terrorists and can't fly? But even on the practicality of it, even if you said 'okay, we're going to do this,' even the CDC says you're not supposed to get vaccinated if you've been infected within three months. So what are you going to do? Tell people they can't fly for three months according to the CDC.” 

The COVID shots cannot be mandatory under authorization of emergency use (EAU). On March 27, 2020, the Health and Human Services (HHS) declared that circumstances exist justifying the EUA of drugs and biological products for COVID-19. That means people must be told the risks and benefits, and they have the right to decline a medication that is not fully licensed. All of the COVID-19 shots (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) have received only EAU authorization and not full FDA approval. The federal Emergency Use Authorization law and the FDA, including the FDA Fact Sheet, state unequivocally that each person has the “option to accept or refuse” the shots. In addition to federal law, the FDA includes the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration on its website, emphasizing the fact that people cannot be forced to take experimental drugs without their full consent. 

Furthermore, COVID shots cannot be mandatory under Title VII. In general, employee vaccine religious exemption requests must be accommodated, where a reasonable accommodation exists without undue hardship to the employer, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many people hold sincere religious beliefs against taking any vaccines, or taking those derived from aborted fetal cell lines, or taking those sold by companies that profit from the sale of vaccines and other products derived from abortion. Title VII, as amended, prohibits two categories of employment practices. It is unlawful for an employer: “(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or (2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” 

Moreover, many state and federal laws require medical and religious accommodation from mandatory shots. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “The COVID shot mandates not only violate the law, but they are unconscionable. People should not be forced to inject this or any substance in their bodies against their will. It is wrong to violate the fundamental right to free and informed consent and bully people into compliance. Liberty Counsel is defending people who have been threatened to choose between their health and their jobs, their education, and their service to this country. Many of these people are heroes who have run to danger without the shots. They have fought for us. We will fight for them.” 

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