Delta variant: Airline goes its own way, won’t mandate vaccines in employees


Using a carrot-and-stick approach, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said that more than 90 percent of the airlines’ staff is vaccinated, and so the company will continue to encourage, but not mandate Covid-19 vaccines.

It’s the only U.S.-based airlines to not require the Covid vaccine in its workforce, and Bastian says it’s a better way to earn the loyalty of employees.

Bastian expects that within a month, the vaccination rate will increase by another 5 percent.

“The reason the mandate was put in by president, I believe, was because they wanted to make sure companies had a plan to get their employees vaccinated,” he told The Claman Countdown on Fox News. “A month before the president came out with the mandate, we had already announced our plan to get all of our people vaccinated. And the good news is the plan is working.”

“By the time we’re done, we’ll be pretty close to fully vaccinated as a company without going through all the divisiveness of a mandate. We’re proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs.”

– Ed Bastian, Delta Airlines

Bastian said the airlines is allowing medical and religious exemptions. But since September, any employee not fully vaccinated will need to take a Covid test weekly, as long as community case rates are high, and beginning in November, unvaccinated employees in the company’s healthcare plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge because the average hospital stay for Covid-19 has cost the company $50,000 per person.

This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company. In recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with COVID were not fully vaccinated,” Delta wrote.

Also, as of Sept. 30, Covid pay protection is no longer provided to those who are unvaccinated.

“I can’t give enough thanks to the Delta team, providing a great product for our customers and it’s one of the reasons we were profitable this quarter,” he said.

Earlier in the week, Bastian told a Reuters reporter that a “mandate is only one way to get people vaccinated. It’s a very blunt instrument.”

On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned Covid-19 vaccine mandates by any entity headquartered in the state, including private employers, as he called for an end of the Biden Administration’s bullying tactics, which have caused employees to walk out at a time when it’s hard to find Americans to fill jobs.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, which are based in Texas, are mandating the vaccine, as is Alaska Airlines, headquartered in Seattle. United Airlines, based out of Chicago, also has mandated vaccines, and is now fighting in court with six employees who have challenged the mandate.

Delta, based in Atlanta, has decided to respect its employees’ personal health decisions, although it may cost those employees more in their health insurance premiums.

“It’s better if you can work collaboratively with your employees,” Bastian told Reuters. “You can trust your employees to make the right decisions and respect their decisions.”


  1. Do they also charge a surcharge based on smoking? Alcohol use? BMI? Eating meat? Seat belt use? Helmet use? Motorcycle riding? Horseback riding? Living in a safe neighborhood? Playing sports? Family history of disease? Any other ‘risk’ factor? Such it is when people take ‘benefits from a corporation, then allow the corporation to own them. I thought that the 13th Amendment changed that.

      • Okay, but smoking is a choice too. My concern is that the road is leading to genetic testing of us all and basing prices and allowing treatment based on that profile. It is a path I do not want to see.

  2. The mandate was never put into writing. These businesses believed a man that is a proven Lier and used it to push a jab that is not effective or safe. Supporting the lies with faulty testing is only compounding the problem. It is a virus. There is no stopping a virus.
    Doctors have said this for eternity.

    • Our current government is based on lies. All of it. We cannot trust them to get the job done. Don’t worry though, their ivory towers will soon come crumbling down. I hope everyone is prepared.

    • The executive order can be found here: “”

  3. The mandate was never put into writing. These businesses believed a man that is a proven Lier and used it to push a jab that is not effective or safe. Supporting the lies with faulty testing is only compounding the problem. It is a virus. There is no stopping a virus.
    Doctors have said this for eternity.

  4. The Governor of Texas is doing what’s right. Protecting individuals rights (the purpose of government) and incidentally stabilizating Texas economy. Hello Dunleavy ? ? Buckle up buttercup and do what’s right for Alaskans. Put on your big boy pants and step into the storm.
    Corporations and companies have no just right to infringe on individual people’s right especially when effectively acting as an enforcement arm of an unjust federal government.
    Local government is the place for local just decisions via local democracy.
    Go Brandon!

    • More to come. Pilots sit for long periods of time with very low activity levels and DVT is an issue. Add to that, massive numbers of micro-clots at the smallest capillary level in some, courtesy of the vax–and you’ll hear more about this, though they will suppress it any way they can. Right now, pilots cannot fly commercially for 48 hours after getting the genetic therapy drug. How many down the road will lose their medical certificate, adding to the travel issues?

  5. I doubt it’s only 10% non vaxxed, but these tend to be the type to more than carry their weight. Every company, entity, group or team have the highly productive who carry the organization. The highest 15% carry the bulk of weight and motivation for the bottom 50%. Delta, as a private company is just dealing with reality, unlike state and federal agencies where the incompetent rear end kissers rise to top and stifle productivity. People who have a strong cognitive ability to think for themselves are less likely to risk their health and be distracted by the BS on these failing pharma products, for a minimal risk from the virus, and less inclined to fall for mass herd hysteria. Lemming behavior.
    This type of employees are difficult to replace.
    It was Delta that had a mid air emergency with a pilot dying from the vaccine, which fortunately did not result in a mass casualty event. Fortunately the company learned from this near tragedy. They will attract the best employees from the other airlines, strengthening their position going forward.

  6. “all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with COVID were not fully vaccinated,” Delta wrote.”
    And people still wonder if the vaccine is effective.

    • Depends on what narrative it fits.

      Remember, those who took the second shot are not “fully vaccinated” until 2 weeks pass by.

      I can tell you what the jab is effective at, profit.

    • And I suppose Delta showed you data that was certified and would stand up in a court of law backing this up, huh? Oh that’s right–someone said it and it supports the narrative–so it has to be true… How is it that 100% of the cases fell that way, when everywhere else the number of breakthrough cases are rising, fast? Gosh–Delta must be the luckiest company on the planet.

      You do know there is this thing called ‘willfully ignorant.’ It’s what the ruling class depends on as they force more all the time into serfdom.

    • Pilots stroking out and dying in mid flight are rare, Delta recently had a “vacced” pilot do so causing emergency landing. Fortunately the passengers were not all killed. Commercial pilots are concerned the high incidence of blood clotting associated with the injections can cause career loss, at a minimum. This is an issue for military pilots, losing their careers and national defense readiness.

  7. For all you folks snug in your safe and cozy little corners.

    China’s paper tiger is on fire. China’s paper forest is catching fire.

    All this covid crap, is just a distraction.

    The real performance is now upon us.

    Enjoy the show.

  8. They should consider testing all the vaccinated employees also because vaccinated employees are getting covid and also spreading covid! Hello! I got covid from my father and he was fully vaccinated with a booster!

    • Both of my neighbors, a father and his daughter, just told me (via the phone) yesterday that they have come down with Wuhan Virus symptoms, and have tested positive for it. And both of them were (non)’vaccinated’ as well. But of course they must be incorrect, as St. Fauci says that that would be unpossible.

  9. Maybe they should push fly high with confidence and you too can die from the covid plandemic bio-weapon . It is ALL bs, so if you swallow their pseudoscience agenda you really are flying high. I know some people will believe everything they are told.

  10. They should test the employees for antibodies first. If you have antibodies, you don’t need the vaccine.

    • The few studies published that blood test an individuals immune system pre injections, then test immune system after each injection show alarming results of loss of healthy immunity indicators.

    • Yes, but how would we make the pharmas multi-gazillionaires? You need to stop making so much sense…

  11. Wait – $200 per month surcharge on health insurance when you haven’t even gotten Covid much less had hospital stay? Is that surcharge being put on smokers, diabetics, or people with heart issues? I hope someone takes them to court over that.

  12. Karen, antibodies have been totally left out of the picture for a reason. If people think/know they have antibodies, they won’t join the herd and take the vax. Its all about control. Vaccinations today, tomorrow who knows what.

  13. More and more companies are finding a way out of these vax ‘mandates’. The reason is that they realize it will irreversibly destroy their companies. Duh! Additionally, the science is becoming more definite that the vaxed people may actually be the “super-spreader” that they accused the unvaxed of being. So, the smart companies will avoid outright vax requirements and offer various exemptions. Meanwhile, science will eventually prove that the vax efficacy is very short lived and based on the now ancient original virus composition. And that natural immune responses are far superior to Fauci’s experimental drugs. More vaxed people are saying enough is enough about any booster requirement nonsense. .

    And to quote the crowds chanting: Let’s go Brandon!

  14. Talk about fascism. Corporations and government forcing people to defy their own personal will. Take the jab or don’t. But if you don’t see how gross this is your are not awake. After the jab it will be forced sterilization if that isn’t what the jab already is. Look at history. FAUCI will be the hitler stories of Mass murder for our children.

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