Delta Airlines CEO takes defiant stand against vaccine mandates, praises ‘respecting’ employees — not forcing them to get vaccinated

Chris Enloe

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian took a stand against COVID-19 vaccine mandates this week, saying his decision not to impose a mandate on his employees is the reason most of Delta’s employees are vaccinated.

Speaking on Fox Business, Bastian said Delta has accomplished a vaccination rate of more than 90% without “the divisiveness of a mandate.”

“The reason the mandate was put in by president, I believe, was because they wanted to make sure companies had a plan to get their employees vaccinated,” Bastian said. “A month before the president came out with the mandate, we had already announced our plan to get all of our people vaccinated. And the good news is the plan is working.”

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“By the time we’re done, we’ll be pretty close to fully vaccinated as a company without going through all the divisiveness of a mandate,” Bastian explained.

“We’re proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs,” he added.

In August, Delta Airlines announced, not a vaccine mandate, but a health insurance surcharge for unvaccinated employees.

Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta’s account-based healthcare plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge. The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company. In recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with COVID were not fully vaccinated.

Bastian told Fox Business he expects Delta’s vaccination rate to rise another 5% in the next month. Combined with religious and medical exemptions, nearly all of Delta’s staff will then be vaccinated — all without a mandate.

What did Biden announce?

Biden issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate last month for all federal contractors. The mandate impacts several major airlines, including Delta Airlines, because they contract business with the federal government. Biden’s mandate gives contractors until Dec. 8 to comply.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly condemned Biden’s vaccine mandate this week, saying he disagrees with such policies, but said he is enforcing one on Southwest employees only because of Biden’s mandate.

I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate. I’m not in favor of that. Never have been,” Kelly said on CNBC. “But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [vaccine] mandate … in place by Dec. 8, so we’re working through that.”

Southwest CEO Blames Joe Biden For Airline’s Vaccine Mandate

Eric Quintanar

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly blamed President Joe Biden for the airline’s decision to go the route of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its staff, arguing the new rules for federal contractors put them in a bind. 

The federal contractor rule dates back to September 9, but Kelly’s answer was given in the context of a new Texas order from Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) that bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers in the state. Southwest Airlines is both a federal contractor and based in Dallas, Texas. 

​​“I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate,” Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday morning. “I’m not in favor of that, never have been. But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all major airlines, have to have a vaccine mandate in place by December 8. So we’re working through that.”

Southwest, one of the four major airlines in the United States, had a turbulent weekend that was filled with cancellations, far more than any other major airline. Over the weekend, Southwest canceled more than 1,800 flights, and on Monday, the service interruptions continued, with more than 350 flights canceled. 

The company has denied the issues were attributable to vaccines mandates, and instead blamed the weather and air traffic control issues in Florida dating back to Friday — even though no other major airlines had such issues. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association made a similar denial. 

“I think people, again, that understand how airlines work, when you get behind, it just takes several days to catch up,” said Kelly. “The fact that we’re basically caught up yesterday and today supports the assertion that we’re making here. We were significantly behind on Friday, and it just takes several days to catch up.”

As of Tuesday morning at 12:00 p.m. EST, Southwest was no longer the leader in flight cancellations and had only canceled 89 flights, or 2% of its service, and delayed 394 flights, or 11% of its service, according to data from Flight Aware, a flight tracking service.

The turmoil comes after a similar episode in June when computer glitches caused Southwest Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and delay 1,500 flights, as The Washington Post reported. 

“It’s been a rough summer, and I’m not offering any excuses,” said Kelly, later adding, “We definitely have some staffing challenges.”

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More soldiers in the U.S. military’s active-duty, National Guard, and reserve forces died from suicide in the second quarter of this year than soldiers in the entire U.S. military died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, a new Pentagon report shows.

This shocking news reveals that active-duty suicide deaths in the 2nd quarter of 2021, versus the 2nd quarter of 2020, had an increase of 46%.

Titled “The Department of Defense (DOD) Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR),” the document reveals that from April 1 to June 30, a total of 139 troops took their lives, with 99 classified as “active component,” 14 as “reserve” members, and 26 as National Guard. Broken down among service branches, the active component deaths include 60 from the Army, eight from the Marine Corps, 17 from the Navy, and 14 from the Air Force.

The newly released numbers are more than double the total number of U.S. service members that have died from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, with the Military Times reporting 67 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. military to date.

Following an August directive from the Biden administration, all members of the U.S. military are required to receive the COVID jab in order to continue service, with the deadline for vaccination varying among each branch.

“After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people,” wrote Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in an August 25 memo. “To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force.”

Only 65 % of U.S. military members, including all National Guard, Army Reserve and active-duty forces, have been fully vaccinated for the respiratory virus to date, according to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

“I can tell you that active-duty personnel with at least one dose now stands at 96.7% and active-duty personnel that are fully vaccinated stands today at 83.7%,” he said at a recent press conference. “So, we continue to make progress on this and the total force, at least one dose [is] 80%. And fully vaccinated again across the total force is about 65%.”

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Vegan Lasagne With Red Onion Squash – Richard Church UK


This vegan lasagne with red onion squash recipe uses vegan versions of the standard lasagne ingredients, with the addition of red onion squash, to create a slight twist on this well know dish. Lasagne is a favourite all over the UK and beyond, and there is no reason why vegans should miss out. There are many vegan recipes out there to choose from, using all kinds of ingredients. I wanted to keep mine as close to the original as I could, while at the same time adding a hint of autumn by incorporating the squash.

You can now buy fresh or frozen vegan mince from more than a few brands at any supermarket. The choices in vegan milk are now too numerous to list, and the quality and variety of vegan cheeses are extremely impressive. All easily added to your weekly shop without any extra effort. As a result, making a vegan lasagne that tastes nothing short of divine is not only achievable, it’s actually quite simple.

I used the Morrison’s V-Taste brand of vegan mince for this recipe, which comes frozen. I also used their own-brand lasagne sheets, which come in 500g packs, making 1 pack enough for 2-3 lasagnes. You can make a gluten free version of this recipe by switching to gluten-free lasagne sheets, using a vegan mince that it also gluten-free. At the time of writing the Meatless Farm brand is gluten-free. Red onion squashes are usually sold as mixed squashes in the supermarket (they are the ones that look just like a mini pumpkin). If they are not in season, then just use butternut squash.

Vegan Lasagne with Red Onion Squash

Prep time: 15-20 minutes. Cooking time: about 2 hours.

Serves 6

Easy to make gluten-free.


For the Bolognese Layer:

4 tbsp olive oil

1 medium red onion, sliced

1 red onion squash, peeled, deseeded and diced (about 350g/12 oz flesh after preparation)

150g/5 ½ oz mushrooms, sliced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

400g/14 oz vegan mince (use gluten-free variety, if required)

1 tbsp dried Herbs de Provence

100g/3 ½ oz tomato puree

2 cans chopped tomatoes

1 can water

2 heaped tsp smoked paprika

1 veg stock cube

1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

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For the Bechamel Layer:

50g/1 ½ oz vegan butter

2 heaped tbsp gram flour

1 litre/2 pints vegan milk

100g/3 ½ oz vegan mature style cheese, grated

2 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp English mustard

1 Beta Carotene capsule (used for colour)

Salt and pepper to taste

You Will Also Need:

About 12 lasagne sheets

100g/3 ½ oz grated vegan mature style cheese to top

A springle of Herbs de Provence

A sprinkle of smoked paprika


To make the Bolognese, heat the olive oil in a medium to large saucepan and cook the onion and squash together for 15 minutes or so, until the squash is tender. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Now put in the garlic and give it 2-3 minutes more, until the garlic flavour is released.

Add the vegan mince and stir through, cook for a couple of minutes and then put in the rest of the Bolognese ingredients. Cook on a gentle simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking, then season to taste with the salt and pepper and set aside.

To make the bechamel, melt the butter in a saucepan and then whisk in the gram flour, making sure all the lumps are gone. Gradually whisk in the vegan milk, a little at a time, until you have a smooth bechamel sauce. Now put in the rest of the bechamel ingredients, bring to the boil and then gently simmer for 4 minutes or so, until you have a smooth and slightly thickened cheese sauce.

Preheat the oven to gas 6/200C/400F.

Use a suitable sized, deep baking dish (about 12 x 8 inches/30 x 20 cm). Pour half of the Bolognese mix into the dish, level it out and then pour half of the bechamel on top. Spread the bechamel evenly over the top using the back of a spoon, then layer on 5-6 lasagne sheets, or enough to cover the sauce. Now pour on the second half of the Bolognese, then put the last layer of lasagne sheets on top of that. Pour over the rest of the bechamel and again smooth out with the spoon. Make sure all of the pasta is covered.

Finally, sprinkle on the grated cheese, the Herbs de Provence and the paprika. Place the dish onto an oven tray to catch anything that spills over, then place in the middle of the oven. Cook for 35-40 minutes, until the lasagne is browned and bubbling. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes before serving.

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Here goes the airline industry! Boeing to force 125,000 employees to be injected with deadly spike protein cocktail by Dec. 8th or they’re FIRED – Nwo Report

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Source:Ethan Huff

All employees who work at the government-contracted aviation corporation Boeing will need to be “fully vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) by the 8th of December or else the company is planning to fire every single one of them.

An internal announcement from the multinational behemoth, which employs some 125,000 people in the United States alone, threatened all remaining unvaccinated employees with impending termination if they continue to refuse the “Operation Warp Speed” injections that were rushed to market by Donald Trump.

“Employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief must submit an accommodation request,” Boeing wrote in the announcement, adding that even these employees will be punished by being forced to “undergo frequent testing and be ready to present a negative test result upon request.”

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