Nearly 2000 flights cancelled worldwide on June 30, just before the July 4 weekend. 330 flights cancelled in the U.S. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/hundreds-of-flights-canceled-as-airlines-spark-4th-of-july-travel-chaos/ar-AAZ23YY
Delta Air Lines hastrimmed about 100 flights a day in July. Air Canada has said it will cancel up to 10% of flights in July and August, roughly 150 a day. It’s not just airline staff that’s experiencing shortage, but FAA staff (air traffic controllers) is in shortage also. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/webcontent/why-more-air-travel-chaos-is-on-its-way/wc-965A7E783A922DF29A4CD9A3FFCE499F
In addition, staff shortage at airports force flight cancellations as well as cause lost luggage https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/delta-passengers-lost-1-000-pieces-of-luggage-the-airline-s-response-was-a-stroke-of-genius/ar-AAZBpNq with luggage piling up in some terminals.
British Airways cancels 10,300 flights this summer! https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/british-airways-scraps-another-10-300-flights-on-staff-woes/ar-AAZh0Ri
Prior to this, British Airways and Lufthansa announced they would cancel 2500 flights this summer https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/summer-travel-chaos-british-airways-lufthansa-cancel-2-500-flights/ar-AAZgqp1
Last month, The Defender published the accounts of several pilots — and of the widow of a pilot who died from a vaccine-related adverse event. Since then, more pilots have shared their stories, including one who is currently flying for a commercial airline. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pilots-injured-covid-vaccines-airlines-mandates/
A growing number of advocacy organizations, representing workers across the aviation industry and in several countries, are joining these pilots in speaking out. The Defenderpreviously reported on actions by the U.S. Freedom Flyers (USFF) andother legal advocates in the U.S. Since then, representatives from the Global Aviation Advocacy Coalition (GAA) and the Canada-basedFree To Fly also spoke with The Defender about their initiatives. Meanwhile, pilots in Canada and the Netherlands recently reported significant legal victories in separate vaccine-related cases.
Pilot with Pfizer induced Myocarditis, ER Doctors Deny Shots Causing Heart Problems & Refuse to report to VAERS
Steven Hornsby, a 52-year-old airline pilot, was once an active weightlifter and cyclist, biking 10-26 miles every other day. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Operation Enduring Freedom. He passed 24 medical exams in the past 12 years, including 12 electrocardiograms (ECGs). He can’t fly now, because about 12 days after his second Pfizer shot, which he was coerced into getting, he started having heart problems and chest pains that radiated through his left arm. When he went to the emergency room, doctors denied his symptoms could be due to the shot, diagnosed him with high blood pressure, and refused to report his case to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
It was not until December 2021, when his medical certification was due for renewal, that an ECG found he had arrhythmia issues, heart palpitations and irregular heart rate, and then a cardiologist diagnosed Hornsby with vaccine-induced myocarditis.
Hornsby said he believes other pilots with similar symptoms are still flying. “How many years have been shaved from my life? Will I develop scar tissue in my heart? Will I get cancer as a result? Has this trash degraded my immune system? Only God knows.”
Pilot injured by Moderna
Another U.S. commercial airline pilot experiencing such health difficulties spoke to The Defender on condition of anonymity. About a week after the Moderna shot, which he was forced to get in order to keep his job, he says “I was experiencing chest pain, usually at night, almost like somebody had their hand around my heart and was squeezing. Generally, [the pain] would subside during the day, but … would appear occasionally out of nowhere and I would need to lie down. It would manifest as pain, but also like something was lodged deep in my esophagus, like I had a piece of food or air that was pressing upon my chest area.”
Injured pilots are in a tough situation. If they look into treatment, it may result in losing their certification. He is “on reserve” and not flying often. While his symptoms have recently subsided, he felt that “looking into further treatment would result in an answer that would be unfavorable to my medical [certification]. In the back of my mind though, the thought of what it could mean for my future health is there. The current situation I am faced with is that supporting a family is what is most important to me. Fear of loss of my pilot medical [certification] after being mandated to get this vaccine is the path I am currently on.”
Terminated after 19 years for refusing COVID shot, former Australian pilot advocates for others
Australia, like Canada, has a government-level vaccine mandate for airline crew and airport workers. In Australia, this mandate went into effect on Nov. 15, 2021.
Glen Waters is a former captain of 19 years with Virgin Australia who is now a spokesman for a group of employees from the same airline after being terminated for refusing the shots. According to Waters, “none of the pilots suffering from injuries are prepared to talk” because “the company is actively trying to terminate anyone reporting vaccine injury.”
Waters stated “there are several reasons injured pilots will not come forward,” including:
- “There is a stigma attached to anti-vaccine sentiment in any form.
- There is a reluctance on the part of the medical community to get involved with possible vaccine injuries.
- Vaccine makers will actively fight against injury claims.
- Insurance companies have distanced themselves from claims involving the vaccine.
- Pilots don’t want to lose their medical certifications, jobs or careers.
Waters said of approximately 900 pilots flying with Virgin Australia, he is aware of nine who are no longer flying because of medical complications that could be linked to the vaccine. “No doubt there are many more who are continuing to fly with troubling symptoms,” he said. These symptoms, according to Waters, most commonly include myocarditis and pericarditis. Some symptoms, however, are even more serious.
Waters told The Defender:
“We have one captain [who had] a stroke and went blind, and another had a heart attack and fell down the boarding stairs after landing.
“There have been complaints of constant headaches and numerous reports of chest pains and shortness of breath.
“A number of cabin crew have reported pins and needles in their limbs, almost like electric shocks that persist for hours at a time.
“I have heard [about cases of] tinnitus, vertigo and brain fog, including temporary blindness, in several crew. Disrupted menstrual cycles are reported frequently, perhaps affecting dozens [of employees].”
“The heart attacks and strokes are occurring in otherwise fit and healthy individuals. They are sudden and are a real risk to flight safety.”
Waters explained that Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, similar to other such bodies globally, has “a 1% rule” for pilots: If they have a medical condition “that presents a greater than 1% chance of resulting in an incapacitation event within the next 12 months, then they are considered medically unfit to fly.”
In light of this, according to Waters, “numerous aviation doctors, including Lt. Col.Theresa Long and Lt. Col. Peter Chambers, have recommended tests that will help determine the real risk to pilots.” These include the D-dimer test for blood-clotting conditions, a complete blood count, post-vaccination ECG analysis, a cardiac MRI and others.
As pilots speak out, there are some legal victories
- A judge at the Amsterdam Court of Appeals in the Netherlandson June 2 ruled in favor of the Dutch Airline Pilots Association, in a case that challenged vaccine mandates introduced by Dutch airline KLM for new pilots. According to theruling, KLM is prohibited from requesting or collecting vac. information from candidate pilots, or rejecting candidates on the basis of their vaccination status, under penalty of €100,000 (approximately $105,000) per violation.
- In Canada, the federal government on June 14 announced most travel-related vaccine mandates would be lifted as of June 20.
- In another recent development, Canadian pilot Ross Wightman became just one of a small number of people who have received compensation from Canada’s Vaccine Injury Support Program. After his first dose, Wightman was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare condition that affects the nervous system and may cause muscle weakness, paralysis or even death.
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Date: Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 4:38 PM
Subject: Flight Cancellations continue in Europe, Canada, U.S. More to Come
If you are flying this July 4 weekend, be prepared for cancellations and delays.
1200 flights were cancelled Sunday and Monday this past weekend Why are airlines canceling so many flights? – CBS News
A passenger landed a plane after the pilot became ‘incoherent’ https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/passenger-who-landed-plane-for-sick-pilot-identified-as-florida-interior-designer/
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Capt. Joe DePete blaming airlines for mismanagement causing cancellations and laying no blame on the vac.’s or mandates https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/expect-delays-airlines-took-billions-in-taxpayer-subsidies-now-they-can-t-fly-on-time/ar-AAY2gIA ALPA is the pilots union representing Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, WestJet and United Airlines.
Capt. Joe DePete is blaming airlines probably to deflect attention from his staunch support of the vac’s and mandates while other airline pilot unions including Alliled Pilots Association (which represents American Airlines pilots) and Southwest Airlines Pilots Association were fighting to get exemptions for their pilots ALPA Supports Vaccines, While United Says Firings Won’t Cause Disruption – FlyerTalk ALPA even lobbied the FAA to approve the shots for pilots! ALPA Calls on FAA To Approve Covid Vaccines for Pilots | Air Transport News: Aviation International News (ainonline.com)
10% of Air Canada flights cancelled in 1st week of June due to staffing shortages at Toronto Pearson airport https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/around-360-air-canada-toronto-pearson-flights-were-canceled-in-1st-week-of-june/ar-AAYlDNb
Pilot Shortages throughout Europe also https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/german-airline-lufthansa-is-canceling-900-flights-in-july-because-of-staff-shortages/ar-AAYiDD5
Europe’s Easy Jet airlines cancels 40 flights per day out of 1700 for staff shortages (a little over 2% cancelled) https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/easyjet-proactively-cancels-40-flights-per-day-to-stem-the-chaos/ar-AAYqYfC
European carrier CEO tells airline pilots to push thru fatigue “every fifth person of a base reports sickness because the person is fatigued. We are all fatigued. But sometimes it is required to go the extra mile.” An airline CEO who suggested pilots should fly while fatigued to help ease the labor shortage has been accused by a union of endangering passenger safety (yahoo.com)
- Heathrow flight cancellations cause queues and ‘chaos’ – BBC News
- Dublin Airport: 27% of flight cancellations within six hours of takeoff (breakingnews.ie)
Where have the airline pilots gone? I don’t think airline pilots and flight attendants are sitting around at home. All the airlines are short staffed – there is a definite shortage of working people everywhere, and it’s not just airlines
Dr. Paul Marik, founder of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and the second most published critical care physician in the world, said that research now shows “at least 2 to 3% of people who get [the vaccines] will have adverse events.” Dr. Paul Marik also called refusal to treat COVID jab injuries “a crime against humanity.” Virginia doctor honored by legislature for COVID treatments, targeted by health dept. – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com) MSN had run this story previously but it’s now gone – this is link where it was https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/webcontent/refusal-to-treat-covid-vaccine-injuries-is-a-crime-against-humanity-leading-intensive-care-doctor/wc-1C5691666443140B18BD221A102F1954
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Date: Tue, May 31, 2022 at 1:06 PM
Subject: 7000 flight Cancellations worldwide. Pilots sue airlines, FAA, DOT. Dr. Marik of FLCCC COMMENDED for treating COVID despite barriers!
1) Dr. Paul Marik, founder of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and the second most published critical care physician in the world, said that research now shows “at least 2 to 3% of people who get [the vaccines] will have adverse events.” Dr. Paul Marik also called refusal to treat COVID jab injuries “a crime against humanity.”
Marik was commended by the Virginia legislature for “using repurposed approved Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generic drugs as a strategy to reduce the pandemic death rate, despite continuous challenges and barriers.” Marik developed two protocol treatments for COVID-19 through the FLCCC: MATH+ and I-MASK, acronyms for two combinations of repurposed drugs used for prevention or early treatment of COVID-19. In addition to making these protocols publicly available, the FLCCC provides a medical summary of the clinical trial evidence for the effectiveness of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.
Dr. Paul Marik has called refusal to treat COVID jab injuries “a crime against humanity,” said the founder of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and second most published critical care physician in the world earlier this month at the COVID-19 Alternative Therapies and the Right to Choose Conference in Ohio.
2) Worldwide, 7000 flights were canceled this 4-day Memorial Day weekend. According to flight tracking website FlightAware, 1,580 more flights were canceled Monday [with 422 within/into/out of the U.S.], 1,640 cancellations on Sunday, 1,500 on Saturday and 2,300 on Friday. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/7-000-flight-cancellations-disrupt-memorial-day-weekend-travel/ar-AAXTuGm
Delta Air lines canceled the most flights with 500 domestic and international flights. American Airlines, meanwhile, canceled 117 flights on Monday, accounting for 3% of its operations. Alaska Airlines has reduced its schedule by about 2% through June to match “pilot capacity,” while JetBlue is cutting 8% to 10% of its summer schedule. Delta announced on its website it would cut 100 daily departures from July 1 to Aug. 7 in parts of the United States and Latin America.
Delta Air Lines suffered the most among U.S. airlines, with more than 240 flights, or 9% of its operations, eliminated on Saturday. “More than any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation — weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups.
At the end of October 2021, over 90% of Delta employees were vac. Delta CEO says $200 monthly surcharge on unvaccinated staff is working (usatoday.com)
At the end of September 2021, over 97% of U.S. United employees were vac United Airlines say 97% of US employees have been vaccinated (yahoo.com)
At the end of November 2021, 93% of Southwest Airlines workers are vaccinated, sought exemptions (dallasnews.com)
Prior to the announcement of shot mandates by Biden in Sep. 2021, ~30% of American Airlines pilots were unvac. American joins list of airlines requiring employee vaccinations (usatoday.com)
Well over 90% U.S. airline employees are vac, so if the shots prevented transmission or development of variants which the common disinfo. promotes, they would not be getting COVID. However, COVID is being cited as the reason for absences among airline employees causing flight cancellations, with more cancellations after vac rates increased following Biden’s announcement of shot mandates in Sep. 2021 than prior. More airline employees, for whatever reason, are getting sick after the vac rates have increased . And there are far more COVID cases now in 2022 compared to 2020 and 2021 United States COVID – Coronavirus Statistics – Worldometer (worldometers.info)
3) Pilots sue airlines, FAA, and DOT for Vac. Injuries
AA pilot gets cardiac arrest following J&J, as well as Omicron. Will likely never fly again. His Cardiac MRI is consistent with vac. induced myocarditis, according to Dr. Peter McCullough Top Airline Pilot Suffers Cardiac Arrest Between Flights Post Mandatory COVID Vaccination (theepochtimes.com)
The lawsuit was filed May 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida with the participation of more than 100 plaintiffs, most of whom are unvaccinated pilots and flight attendants.
Josh Yoder, a co-founder of USFF and pilot for a major U.S. airline, recently told The Defender that instances of harassment nevertheless continue against unvaccinated airline staff. Yoder also told The Defender the FAA has been aware of cases of pilots suffering vaccine injuries since at least December 2021, when Advocates for Citizens’ Rights delivered their open letter to the FAA, major airlines and their insurers. Yoder said USFF “has received hundreds of phone calls from airline employees who are experiencing adverse reactions post COVID-19 vaccination,” describing the stories as “heartbreaking.”
The Defender recently reported the accounts of several pilots who sustained adverse events, including cardiac arrest, directly related to the COVID-19 vaccines and jeopardized pilots’ flying careers. At least one pilot died following a severe adverse event soon after receiving the vaccine.
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Date: Mon, May 9, 2022 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Cancellations up 71% from “Pilot fatigue”/Pilot Shortage despite 13.5% fewer flights in 2022 vs 2019. Pilots speak out against vac injuries
The news is reporting a pilot shortage, resulting in cancelled flights and stranded passengers. Here’s a story of Allegiant airlines cancelling flights due to a “labor shortage” that left people stranded in Las Vegas Allegiant flight cancellations leave passengers stranded on vacation (msn.com) Here’a another story about American Airlines cancelling a flight due to “crew shortages” returning to the U.S. from the Caribbean that left passengers stranded for 4 days Flight cancellations stranded St. Kitts passengers for 4 days: Here’s how to prepare for the worst (thepointsguy.com) Alaska Airlines had to cancel flights for a third straight day due to a “pilot shortage”, stranding thousands of passengers, Passengers stranded as more Alaska Airlines flights canceled again – KIRO 7 News Seattle A friend of mine (in April) was flying from Detroit to Florida on vacation, and instead was rerouted to Minneapolis to catch another flight to Florida, but after arriving in Minneapolis, they were told there were no pilots to fly them to Florida and instead they got stuck at the airport for 2 days, waiting for a flight!
Some airlines have cancelled routes due to the pilot shortage – for example, Sun Country has eliminated their flights to Hawaii this summer because of the pilot shortage Airline Cancels All Routes To Hawaii This Summer Due To Pilot Shortage
JetBlue will cut its spring and summer flight schedule by 10 percent. United said its regional partners have grounded 150 planes because of the pilot shortage. “The airlines are underwater and trying to breathe through a straw,” American 737 Captain and Union spokesperson Dennis Tajer told ABC News. “Airlines are poaching each other’s pilots. It’s stunning the level of aggression.” “The airlines are so hungry that they are taking just about anyone into these programs, and after pilots build enough hours they are applying directly into the majors,” Stinson says referring to the nation’s largest airlines. “Two of our instructors got hired directly with Spirit Airlines and will be going to training here shortly. They only have about 2 years’ experience. It’s insane. They will be airbus pilots in no time.” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/airline-pilot-shortage-real-cost-us-brace-impact/story
U.S. Flight Cancellation Data can be found here Airline Cancellation & Delay Update | Tableau Public
The second chart below is cancelled flights since Jan 1, 2019 – it can be seen that cancellations started increasing and becoming more variable around January 23, 2021, about a month after shots began
(excluding the peak of cancellations that ocurred in March 2020 because of the lockdowns)
Source: OST_R | BTS | Title from h2
Cancellations increased 71% in 2022 from 2019.
[Cancellations were at from 1.96% in 2019 and increased to 3.36% in 2022 over the same time period, November to February. (3.36-1.96)/1/96 = 71.4%]
Note though, however, there are 13.5% fewer flights in 2022 compared to 2019 (see below). Fewer flights should be resulting in a pilot surplus, not a shortage.
The fewer flights is more likely due to less demand for air travel because of COVID fears – there’s less business travel (more video conferencing happening) and less leisure travel via plane (more people are driving).
According to Aviation Stats Update: April 18, 2022 (flightaware.com) there have been 13.5% fewer flights in 2022 vs. 2019:
In addition, the vac mandates for pilots contributed to the shortage, grounding pilots who were unvac, but the vac mandates for airline workers and pilots were lifted early in 2022, which allowed unvac pilots to return to work, which should have alleviated some of the pilot shortage. In March 2022, United Airlines to Let Workers Who Didn’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine Return to Work, In January 2022, American Airlines lifted their vac mandates for all employees; 96% of their employees were vac at that time New restrictions from American Airlines as it says most employees complying with vaccine mandate
Mainstream reporting says “pilot fatigue” is a big problem without reporting on Causes
Pilot salaries are higher than ever. The most senior pilots at United Airlines make $450K per year! Airlines are poaching each others’ pilots and paying bonuses and record salaries as incentives, so all available pilots are working. However, a more than 300% increase in pilot fatigue calls has been reported by Southwest pilots https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/airline-pilot-shortage-real-cost-us-brace-impact/story CNN estimates that as many as 10% of pilots took early retirement during the pandemic Opinion: A shortage of pilots could keep the airlines from making a real comeback – CNN Mainstream reporting is citing early retirements, the expense of training to become a pilot, and the military not producing as many pilots as before as reasons for the pilot shortage. Another reason given was that after the shots were introduced, people were itching to fly, which caused the airlines to schedule more flights than they had pilots for. Also, a circular reason has been given that the shortage of pilots is causing the working pilots to work longer hours and call in with “pilot fatigue” which causes more cancellations .https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-airline-pilot-shortage-is-real-and-will-cost-all-of-us/
Even with a 10% of pilots retiring early, that would not cause a pilot shortage if there was at least a 10% reduction in flights. However, the number of flights have reduced more than 10%, to 13.5% in 2022, which should have helped prevent a pilot shortage.
However, using data from the FAA U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics | Federal Aviation Administration (faa.gov), the number of airline transport pilots and commercial airline pilots have remained about the same in 2021 vs 2019
So why are we seeing “pilot fatigue” and pilot shortages when there are about the same number of airline pilots in 2021 as in 2019 with 13.5% fewer flights?
One reason not covered by mainstream media is vac injuries in pilots, which have resulted in medical leaves and “pilot fatigue.”. Here’s a 2- min. video where a commercial airline pilot talks about the heart problems (atrial fibrilation – major cause of stroke) he got within 24 hours after the shots and about other pilots having chest pains/heart problems while flying planes. Pilots having heart problems is putting passengers at risk. He says his colleagues are afraid to speak-up and “Are Going to Work with Crushing Chest Pains” Status / Gab Social After many had problems with the first 2 doses, 80% of pilots said they are not going to take the booster “80% of airline pilots aren’t going to take the booster”
Here’s an article about pilots who have been injured by the shots https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pilots-injured-covid-vaccines-speak/
Josh Yoder, a pilot with a major commercial airline, Army combat veteran and former flight medic, is a co-founder of U.S. Freedom Flyers (USFF), an organization opposing vaccine and mask mandates for pilots and airline staff, In a recent interview with The Defender, Yoder said the FAA has been aware of cases of pilots suffering vaccine injuries since at least December 2021, when the California-basedAdvocates for Citizens’ Rights hand-delivered an open letter to the FAA, major airlines and their insurers. Yoder said USFF “has received hundreds of phone calls from airline employees who are experiencing adverse reactionspost COVID-19 vaccination,” describing the stories as “heartbreaking.”
“We are now seeing pilots experiencing blood clots, myocarditis, pericarditis, dizziness and confusion at rates never seen before. Pilots are losing their careers and having to call in sick or go on medical leave from medical issues developing almost immediately after vaccination.”
Bob Snow, a captain with a major U.S. airline, received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 4, 2021, “as a result of an unambivalent company mandate to receive the vaccine or be terminated.” Snow “began experiencing issues a little over two months” after receiving the vaccine. He suffered cardiac arrest on April 9, immediately after landing at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport. After receiving CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) shocks to be revived, Snow spent almost a week in the hospital, where he was diagnosed with having sustained sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Snow said prior to this incident, he had “no history of prior significant cardiac issues,” based on two EKGs (electrocardiograms) per year for each of the previous 10 years — none of which, according to Snow, “provided any indication of incipient issues that might lead to cardiac arrest.” He also has “no known family history to indicate a predisposition to developing significant cardiac issues at this point in my life,” Snow added. It is likely that he will never fly again in any capacity. Snow said, “it appears my flying career — indeed, likely all flying as a pilot — has come to a rapid and unexpected conclusion as SCA is a red flag to FAA medical certification.” This, according to Snow, has resulted “in a significant loss of income and lifestyle,” adding that he has a college student and high school student at home and a non-working spouse who relied on his livelihood.
Another pilot, Cody Flint said “I have been extremely healthy my whole life with no underlying conditions. I have renewed my medical every year since I was 17. The last FAA medical I received was on January 19, 2021. The medical showed I was perfectly healthy just 10 days before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.” Flint got his first (and only) dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 1, 2021. “Within 30 minutes, I developed a severe burning headache at the base of my skull and blurred vision. After a few hours, the pain was constant, but didn’t seem to be getting worse. I thought the pain would go away, eventually. It did not.” Two days later began his seasonal job as an agricultural pilot. “Approximately one hour into my flight, I felt my condition starting to rapidly decline and I was developing severe tunnel vision. I pulled my airplane up to turn around to head home and immediately felt an extreme burst of pressure in my skull and ears. Later, my coworkers told me I landed and immediately stopped my plane. They described me as being unresponsive, shaking and slumped over in my seat … I do not remember landing or being pulled from the plane.” Two days later, Flint “could barely walk without falling over.” Flint visited the Ear & Balance Institute in Louisiana, where he was diagnosed with left and right perilymphatic fistulas (a lesion in the inner ear), and highly elevated intracranial pressure due to swelling in his brainstem.“[M]y intracranial pressure had risen so high that it caused both of my inner ears to ‘blow out.’ My doctors [at the Ear & Balance Institute] clearly stated my health issues were a direct result of a severe adverse reaction to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” he added. Flint says he now cannot receive renewed medical certification from the FAA due to the injuries he sustained, the physical condition he is currently in and “the fact that I will be on the FAA-unapproved medicine Diamox for the foreseeable future.” Flint believes “it is … highly unlikely that I’ll ever be able to fly again,” adding, “On most days, I am too dizzy to even safely drive a vehicle.”
Greg Pierson, another commercial pilot with a major U.S. airline that is also a federal contractor, was mandated to get vaccinated. “I reluctantly received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on August 26, 2021.” Beginning “approximately 14 hours” after receiving the vaccine, he experienced “an extremely erratic and highly elevated heart rate.” Pierson was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation at an emergency room, where his condition was stabilized and he was soon discharged, though he remained on medication to help his heart return to a normal rhythm. While Pierson says he has not experienced any further episodes, he nevertheless still has not been cleared to return to the cockpit.
American Airlines pilotWilburn Wolfe died following a major seizure after his COVID-19 vaccination. Fortunately, Wolfe was not on duty when his seizure hit. Claudia Wolfe, his widow, shared her late husband’s story. Wolfe, a former Marine just a few years from retirement, “was definitely against getting this vaccine but was put in the position to take it or lose his job as a captain,” Claudia Wolfe said. He received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Nov. 9, 2021. “[The] first 10 days were without any event … [on] day 11, it started with a migraine-like headache…On November 22, 13 days after the COVID vaccine, he had a seizure. When paramedics arrived and my husband came out of the seizure, he was paralyzed on his right side, arm and leg, and was taken to the emergency room.” A CT scan showed he was experiencing brain bleeding, and he was admitted into intensive care. There, “he continued to have convulsions on his right hand … shortly after he was admitted, he had another seizure and doctors decided to sedate him and put him on a ventilator.” Wolfe never regained consciousness and died on Nov. 26, 2021 — only 17 days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Even if he had survived, he likely would not have been able to work as a pilot again.
Pilots described a culture of intimidation that has led to many of their colleagues fearing professional or personal consequences if they speak publicly about injuries following COVID-19 vaccination. Yoder described airlines, as well as aviation industry unions, as “state actors” illegally “working in lockstep with the U.S. government” to “enforce unconstitutional mandates via a culture of fear.” Snow told The Defender several of his colleagues shared stories of vaccine injuries with him, including cardiac issues (chest pain and myocarditis). “Many crewmembers are very reluctant to divulge potential significant health issues for fear of losing their FAA medical certification and, potentially, their careers.”
The FAA approved COVID-19 vaccines for pilots just two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for such vaccines, on Dec. 10, 2020, violating its own regulations. Under the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners: Pharmaceuticals (Therapeutic Medications) Do Not Issue – Do Not Fly, the FAA has a long-standing rule that states:
“FAA requires at least one year of post-marketing experience with a new drug before consideration for aeromedical certification purposes. This observation allows time for uncommon, but aeromedically significant, adverse reactions to manifest themselves.”
Other Data of possible interest
Here are the largest employers of Commercial pilots How Many Pilots Are There? (USA, Air Force, World) | SkyTough :
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