U.S. airlines, White House say vaccine mandate will not impact holiday travel

By David Shepardson and Rajesh Kumar Singh WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two major U.S. airlines and the White House said they do not think the Biden administration’s executive order mandating federal contractors require employee vaccinations by Dec. 8 will impact holiday travel or result in employees leaving. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month they would comply with the mandate that employees be vaccinated by Dec. 8 unless they receive a religious or medical exemption. Some airlines and industry-watchers had initially feared an exodus of unvaccinated airline or government employees involved in travel just before the Christmas season but