U.S. Airlines Readying Vaccine Mandates to Comply with White House Edict

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all are implementing Covid-19 vaccine mandates for employees in light of recent guidance from the White House that federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

U.S. President Joe Biden last month announced in a set of executive orders that his administration would require companies with more than 100 employees to have their employees either vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for Covid-19. For federal contractors, however, there is no option for testing.

In a memo to employees, American Airlines CEO and chairman Doug Parker and president Robert Isom said the carrier is classified as a government contractor due to such agreements as the U.S. General Services Administration's City Pair Program and cargo contracts with the Department of Defense.