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Ted Cruz & Co. Promote Non-Existent Anti-Vax Airline 'Strike'

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12.10.2021

Republican senators and congressmen who have railed against vaccine mandates rushed to praise a protest by airline workers who were resisting getting the shot.

There’s just one slight problem: There’s no evidence it actually exists.

Over the past few days, right-wing anti-vaxxers and the likes of Sens. Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson have managed to turn a series of otherwise boring travel delays into a nationwide working-class protest against Joe Biden and vaccine mandates by private companies that he has encouraged, through the magic of fan fiction and the creative use of correlation as causation.

It all started this weekend when Southwest Airlines canceled over 1,800 flights, stranding passengers across the country. The delays, according to Southwest, were the result of “[air traffic control issues] and disruptive weather.” In a statement issued late Monday night, the FAA said, “None of the information from Southwest, its pilots union, or the FAA indicates that this weekend’s cancellations were related to vaccine mandates.”

Other airlines, however, didn’t see mass flight cancellations despite being exposed to the same weather and air traffic controllers as Southwest, raising questions about why the airline, among all others, was so backed up.

Southwest, like nearly all major airlines, recently announced that it would require a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of continued employment. On Friday, the same day that flight cancellations began, Southwest’s pilots union filed a motion in federal court to block........

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