Tag Archives: United Airlines

United Airlines CEO: It’s Safe To Fly Without Face Masks

The Hill reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Tuesday said that planes are safe for passengers who don’t want to wear masks, adding that it is the safest indoor environment for people. “It literally is the safest environment you’re gonna be indoors anywhere that you are,” Kirby said while making an appearance on “CBS Mornings,” adding that the second …

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Passenger Opens Emergency Door, Walks Onto Wing

Chicago’s NBC News affiliate reports: A person was arrested early Thursday after he opened the emergency exit of a moving plane on the runway at O’Hare International Airport and walked out onto the wing, police said. United Airlines officials confirmed that the incident occurred on flight 2874 from San Diego to Chicago. The plane was approaching a gate when the …

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Anti-Vax Airline Employees Tell Appeals Court That Getting Jab Makes Them “Complicit” In Killing Babies

Courthouse News reports: An attorney representing United Airline employees who sued the company over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate told a Fifth Circuit panel Monday evening that getting the shots would make them “complicit in the destruction of human life” because the three vaccines available in the U.S. were developed using stem cell technology. Six employees based at Dallas-Fort Worth International …

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United, Spirit Bump Up Crew Pay Amid Cancellations

Reuters reports: United Airlines and Spirit Airlines are bumping up pay for on board staff as they scramble to keep schedules intact after U.S. airlines were hammered by a week of mass cancellations. While Spirit’s flight attendants are receiving double pay on any work through Jan. 4, according to their union, United is offering triple time for pilots who pick …

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200+ Xmas Eve Flights Canceled Due To Omicron Surge

The Hill reports: More than 100 flights that were scheduled for Christmas Eve have been canceled by United Airlines as the company grapples with the spread of the omicron variant, the airline confirmed on Thursday. A spokesperson for United said that “we’re seeing about 120 cancellations planned for Friday.” Delta Air Lines also announced on Thursday that it would be …

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Man Who Wore Thong As Mask Put On No-Fly List

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Cape Coral man is banned from flying on United Airlines after failing to comply with the federal mask mandate. Adam Jenne wore a red thong as a mask. He was heading to D.C. from the Fort Lauderdale Airport but got kicked off before the flight could take off. “I think the best way to …

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TX Woman Charged With Assaulting Flight Attendant

The San Jose Mercury News reports: A 50-year-old Cypress, Texas, woman has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant during a United Airlines flight from Alaska to San Francisco International Airport earlier this year, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Debby Dutton appeared Friday in Houston federal court to face a charge of interference by assault, threat or intimidation with …

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Court Upholds United’s Employee Vaccine Mandate

CNBC reports: A federal judge in Texas on Monday ruled that United Airlines’ employee vaccine policy can proceed. The Chicago-based airline has one of the strictest employee vaccine policies in the country. In September, it said that staff who receive medical or religious exemptions would be placed on unpaid leave. Six employees filed suit to block the policy in September. …

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United Airlines Set To Terminate 593 Vaccine Refusers

The Washington Post reports: Nearly all of United Airlines’ U.S.-based employees have been vaccinated, the company said Tuesday, touting the success of its policy after becoming the first U.S. carrier to require the vaccine among its workforce. United’s deadline for meeting the requirement was Monday, and the carrier said Tuesday it has begun the process of terminating 593 employees who …

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Six United Staffers Sue Over Mandate, United Hits Back

The Hill reports: Six United Airlines employees filed a federal lawsuit against the company this week seeking to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect. The complaint, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, alleges that the company discriminated against employees who requested religious or medical accommodations. The plaintiffs have asked for a temporary restraining order or a …

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United Airline Employees With Religious Exemptions To Vax Mandate To Be Placed On Temporary Unpaid Leave

CNBC reports: United Airlines’ employees who are granted exemptions to a company vaccinate mandate for religious reasons will be put on temporary unpaid leave starting next month, the airline told staff Wednesday, citing the recent rise in Covid cases. The airline last month said its 67,000-person U.S. workforce must be vaccinated against Covid-19 this fall, but said it would consider …

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United Is First Airline To Mandate Vax For Employees

CNBC reports: United Airlines will require its 67,000 U.S. employees to get vaccinated against Covid by no later than Oct. 25 or risk termination, a first for major U.S. carriers that will likely ramp up pressure on rivals. Airlines including United have so far resisted vaccine mandates for all workers, instead offering incentives like extra pay or time off to …

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Man Tries To Breach Cockpit, Opens Emergency Slide

NBC News reports: A man tried to breach the cockpit of a United Express flight Friday night and after being unsuccessful, he opened the cabin door and fled the aircraft via the emergency slide at LAX, according to officials. In a statement from SkyWest, they confirmed that no one onboard the aircraft was injured, and that the aircraft was able …

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United CEO Warns Of Looming Pilot Shortage [VIDEO]

Axios reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells “Axios on HBO” that America could be headed toward a pilot shortage, because “the military produces far fewer pilots today than they did in the Cold War era.” Why it matters: The U.S. travel industry is roaring back, with leisure air travel exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and now must protect itself from future …

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United Launches Flights For Vax Proof Sweepstakes

Just in via press release: United Airlines is offering its loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year’s worth of travel, in support of the Biden administration’s national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Under the terms of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, any new or existing MileagePlus® member who uploads …

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DOJ: United To Pay $49 Million In USPS Fraud Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: United Airlines Inc. (United), the world’s third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail. United entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and agreed to pay $17,271,415 …

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United Grounds Boeing 777s After Engine Failure

CBS News reports: Federal aviation regulators are ordering United Airlines to step up inspections of all Boeing 777s equipped with the type of engine that suffered a catastrophic failure over Denver on Saturday. United said it is temporarily removing those aircraft from service. The announcements came a day after United Airlines Flight 328 had to make an emergency landing at …

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Coroner Confirms Man On United Flight Died Of COVID

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A United Airlines passenger who collapsed on a flight from Orlando to Los Angeles died of the coronavirus, a coroner’s report confirms. United Flight 591 was diverted to New Orleans on Dec. 14. The airline said the man’s wife was overheard telling an emergency medical technician that he had shown symptoms of COVID-19, including loss …

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United Workers Quarantine After In-Flight COVID Death

The New York Times reports: United Airlines said on Friday that it was working with health officials to contact passengers who might have been exposed to the coronavirus by a male passenger who died after a medical emergency on a recent flight. The four flight attendants who responded to the emergency on board the flight, United 591, also went into …

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United Airlines Pledges To Eliminate Emissions By 2050

The Verge reports: This week, United Airlines pledged to completely eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To make good on that promise, the company says it will invest in emerging technologies that capture planet-heating carbon dioxide from the air. It also plans to continue powering its flights with sustainable aviation fuel. United is the latest airline to respond to …

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