Two Airline CEOs Challenge Mask Mandates on Planes

Mask mandates do little, if anything, to make the air safer inside airplanes, two major airline CEOs argued before Congress Wednesday.

“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment,” Gary Kelly, chief executive of Southwest Airlines, told lawmakers. Being inside a plane “is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting,” Kelly said. The air filters on planes turn over clean air every three minutes, eliminating nearly all airborne pathogens, he explained.

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Southwest to Cut More Flights, Lost Almost $75 Million During Last Round of Cancellation

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Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that it would adjust its December flight schedule to adjust for ongoing labor shortages.

Southwest canceled over 2,000 flights on Oct. 10 and 11, costing the company over $75 million, according to Southwest’s Q3 earnings report.  The airline attributed the canceled flights to weather and air traffic control issues but later admitted to experiencing a labor shortage, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The airline expects to cut its Q4 flight schedule by 8% from 2019, compared to a 5% reduction the company initially planned for, according to the WSJ. The company also expects a decline in staffing compared to its historical average, according to its Q3 earnings report.

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Southwest Airlines Scraps Plan to Put Unvaccinated Employees on Unpaid Leave

Southwest Airlines has scrapped its plan to put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave while their exemption requests are under review, CNBC reported Tuesday.

Unvaccinated employees who have applied for, but haven’t yet received a religious or medical exemption, will reportedly be able to keep their jobs—for now. The federal deadline for the Biden regime’s vaccine mandate is December 8. If their requests for exemptions are not approved by that date, airline officials say they can continue to work “while following mask and distancing guidelines until the request has been reviewed.”

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Crom’s Commentary: Joe Biden’s Policies and COVID Mandates Head Down the Toilet

Wednesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist for Crom’s Commentary in studio to describe how the failed policies of Joe Biden’s administration will join the COVID response down the tubes.

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Jen Psaki: Biden Wants to Use Pandemic to ‘Make Fundamental Change in Our Economy’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki proudly declared on Tuesday that Joe Biden is using the pandemic to inflict “fundamental change” on the American economy.

When asked during the White House press briefing whether some programs in Biden’s $4.5 trillion budget proposal should get cut, Psaki rejected the notion, asserting that the pandemic was the perfect opportunity for Democrats to exploit the pandemic.

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Southwest Airlines Cancels Dozens of Nashville Flights, Cites Air Traffic Control and Weather Issues

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Southwest Airlines canceled dozens of flights out of Nashville over the weekend, joining a trend nationwide that forced the company to cancel hundreds of flights.

After leaving hundreds of passengers stranded, the airline blamed air traffic control and weather issues for the string of cancellations.

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Southwest Airlines Begins Nonstop Flights Between Nashville, Atlanta

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Southwest Airlines has begun nonstop flights from Atlanta to Nashville. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the airline launched the flights from Atlanta to Nashville, The Associated Press reported. Nashville International Airport celebrated the inaugural flight from BNA to Atlanta Tuesday. The airline will operate five flights a day Monday through Friday…

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Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Celebrates Granting 1,500 Wishes

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  When 5-year-old Fallon returned home to the Nashville area Friday from a Make-A-Wish trip to Walt Disney World, it was also a big day for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the national nonprofit that helps bring joy to children with critical illnesses. Fallon’s trip marked the 1,500 wish granted…

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