An 'airborne virus': MAGA Republicans want to launch their own anti-vaxxer airline
Far-right anti-vaxxer Republicans have been not only furious over President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine/testing mandate, but also, because of the vaccination requirements that airlines have enacted. Journalist Kelly Weill, in the Daily Beast, reports that some of those anti-vaxxers have been floating an idea in response: starting their own airline — one that wouldn't have such vaccination requirements.
According to Weill, "Anti-vax voices are responding to airlines' new requirements that pilots and flight crew be vaccinated." And their idea, she says, is "to launch their own airlines for pilots and passengers who refuse to be vaccinated."
As a loyal Southwest customer who has been flying safely throughout the pandemic and is utterly opposed to vaccine… https://t.co/XNQjUsebXl— Senator Ron Johnson (@Senator Ron Johnson) 1633959204.0
Weill writes, "Will a squadron of conservative Twitter personalities earn their pilot licenses, buy planes, and give a new meaning to 'airborne' virus? Or will their efforts end as dismally as previous libertarian plots to avoid taxes by building boat-based societies in the middle of the ocean?"
Airlines that are requiring vaccines include Southwest, American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. And MAGA Republicans who have been speaking out against vaccination requirements by airlines, according to Beast reporter Justin Baragona, include Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
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