Dallas – Southwest Airlines says it will go against Greg Abbott’s latest executive order from Texas Gov. and will instead follow President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring employees to be vaccinated.
The Dallas-based airline carrier made the announcement Tuesday morning in response to an order issued by Abbott on Monday.
“No entity in Texas may compel any person, including an employee or consumer, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for any reason in personal discretion, on the basis of religious belief, or for medical reasons. opposes vaccination, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order.
Southwest said in a statement, “In accordance with the Presidential Executive Order, federal action shall affect any state mandate or law, and we as a federal contractor will be expected to comply with the Presidential Order.” “
Last week, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a motion to block the airline’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for pilots.
Despite thousands of flight cancellations and weekend delays, the pilots union said it was not responsible for the problems.