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Airline vaccine mandates: How will requirements affect holiday air travel?
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As October winds down, the time when Americans typically start booking flights home for the holidays is beginning to ramp up.
Traveling safely amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic comes with stringent guidelines, including mask-wearing, social distancing and rules regarding vaccination against the coronavirus.
Air travel has slowly begun to rebound from 2020, but the path to recovery has been bumpy.
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The airlines, which are also government contractors, fall under President Biden's sweeping September order that companies with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
The White House has pressed for U.S. airlines to mandate vaccines for staff members by December 8, without the testing option.
To comply with regulations, United Airlines said in September that 97% of its employees had been fully vaccinated – not including a "small number" of employees seeking a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.
Six United employees sued the company, claiming that the airline had been discriminating against employees who get exemptions from the vaccine mandate by placing them on unpaid leave.