Air-traffic controllers in Jacksonville, Florida, reportedly walked out and left their positions in protest of mandated vaccinations on October 8, 2021 (Friday).
Is there a media blackout on last night’s air traffic controller walkout in Jacksonville, FL?
Hundreds of flights canceled.
Walkout due to vax mandate
From allegedly a trusted source: pic.twitter.com/kCseQMZlal
— Tom Sauer 🇺🇸 ⚓️ 💣 (@thomasbsauer) October 9, 2021
A closer look of the internal message:
Approximately 650 flights in and out of the state of Florida were allegedly canceled affecting schedules till Saturday.
There seems to be a major air traffic control issue impacting a significant number of flights in/out of Florida.
— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) October 9, 2021
A closer look of the image:
— Leland Vittert (@LelandVittert) October 10, 2021
My wife recorded the announcement at MCO last night. pic.twitter.com/6AzAC6ieLX
— John Weglein (@JohnWeglein) October 9, 2021
Mainstream media blamed the flight cancellations on bad weather.
Travelers noted that the weather was just fine…
ATTENTION @SouthwestAir Myself @ a plane full of passengers on the 6:40pm flight 873 from @ATLairport to @FLLFlyer are PISSED! At first the flight was delayed until 7:25pm & then canceled due to weather but my Lady just sent me this video in Ft Lauderdale. What is the REAL issue! pic.twitter.com/k1VlWdpEuu
— Carlos Scott (@NVisionMarketin) October 8, 2021
ALL flights into Florida have been canceled, per pilot.
The announcement was just made while on the tarmac.
Pilot told the full 737 @SouthwestAir flight that we now have to DEPLANE.
He said the Jacksonville air traffic control is “understaffed.”
Looks like I’m in AZ toight
— Denise Sawyer of CBS12 (@DeniseCBS12) October 8, 2021
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CANCELS DOZENS OF FLIGHTS OUT OF MIDWAY AS PART OF MAJOR NATIONWIDE PROBLEM. Look at the gymnastics the MSM has to perform to avoid mentioning the Air Traffic Controller protest of the vaccine mandate.https://t.co/TorQzTXxov via @abc7chicago
— Alternative News (@NewsAlternative) October 10, 2021
No, controllers walked off the job because of tyrannical vaxx mandates.
Don’t lie to your customers. https://t.co/nwmdgz8ina
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 10, 2021
Action News Jax hinted at staff shortages in addition to inclement weather:
Different airports in Florida experienced flight delays and cancellations on Friday due to bad weather and, in some cases, staff shortages.
According to the Federal Aviation Center, a Jacksonville facility needed additional staff for managing air traffic and did not resume normal operations until 10 p.m. on Friday.
The FAA released the following statement on Saturday regarding flight delays and cancelations.
“Due to a combination of severe weather, active military training in the airspace, and unexpected limited staff at the Jacksonville facility that handles high-altitude, en route traffic, the FAA took steps to safely manage air traffic the evening of Oct. 8. Normal operations returned at approximately 10 p.m.”
Other airports like Tampa International Airport had delays and cancelations due to bad weather.
An addendum from a local reporter. Bear in mind that this may have happened for reasons other than what you’d like them to be:
JUST IN: Source tells me “some controllers getting vaccinated and the mandatory (48) rest period required after controllers get the vaccine” led to staffing shortage at Jax ATC in Hilliard that resulted in mass flight delays/cancellations in Florida on Friday night @ActionNewsJax
— Ben Becker (@BenBeckerANjax) October 10, 2021
But is there a media blackout on the real reason for the flight cancellations?
Unnamed sources claimed Jacksonville air traffic controllers staged a walkout over COVID-19 injection mandates.
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