A major North Carolina airport saw pilots protesting Saturday against President Biden’s new vaccine mandate, as the airline industry already struggles with staffing shortages amid an inoculation push.
A group called the US Freedom Flyers organized a rally outside Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Saturday, as pilots for major airlines and other supported protested against Biden’s latest directive that all private companies with 100 employees or more to enforce a vaccine requirement starting Jan. 4, Fox 8 reported. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana on Saturday granted an emergency stay of the vaccine requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“We’re out here today because we’re tired of the mandate. We’re tired of being told that our bodies are not ours,” Artemis Coburn, a pilot for a major airline, told the station. “It just comes down to enough is enough, and we’re going to make a stand, and this is our stand.”
Pilots who spoke with the outlet said they could not disclose which airline they worked for because doing so would breach their employment contracts. The temporary stay on Biden’s order does not immediately take effect, and the next deadline for his federal mandate is Dec. 5, when businesses with over 100 employees must require unvaccinated employees to wear masks indoors.
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