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Southwest Airlines denies that pilot "sick out" drove weekend of delays

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Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights over the weekend, leaving passengers stranded across the country.

Why it matters: The mass cancellations come after its pilots asked a court to block the company's new COVID vaccine mandate.

More Texas employers require COVID-19 vaccines

Several blue Southwest Airlines jets are parked on a tarmac.
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Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced this week that all 60,000 employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption by Nov. 24.

Why it matters: The airline and health care industries account for hundreds of thousands of local jobs. Compliance numbers show that workers are choosing their jobs over their vaccine concerns.

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