"And we knew that they were starting initially with huge monetary incentives. In fact, what they said was, let's try to incentivize them first with the money, with the perks, let's wait till the very last minute before we start threatening people and firing them. So this pilot told me, there were huge incentives in the beginning to get this jab. And unfortunately, and these are his words, and naively many of the pilots took advantage of that," Ruby said.
The veteran medical professional and pharmaceutical drug development expert said American aviation is providing all kinds of stories about the vaccinated and unvaccinated pilots. She mentioned her recent interview with Freedom Flyers founder Josh Yoder, who told her that a lot of pilots and some flight attendants admitted to having symptoms like intermittent chest pain and dizziness.
Ruby also cited American Airlines Captain Bob Snow, who had suffered from cardiac arrest after landing a passenger jet at the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport just over a month ago.
The former Washington D.C. health economist and New Right political pundit also shared her interview with a veteran airline pilot who was an "insider" in the industry.
The pilot, who spoke to Ruby on condition of anonymity, revealed that they were given three choices: take the jab, apply for a religious exemption or apply for a medical exemption. The pilot said the airlines, with regards to religious exemptions, were very accommodating and almost all of those who applied were granted exemptions. This suggests that the airlines don't really want to lose their pilots.
Those who requested exemptions for medical reasons continued to fly with their exemptions on hold. Some of them simply retired. About 10 to 20 percent of the pilots were not jabbed after getting the religious or medical exemptions.
The pilot interviewed by Ruby said many of his colleagues in the 30 to 40 age group are suffering from myocarditis. (Related: As many as 30% of US pilots may have COVID-19 vaccine-induced heart conditions.)
Ruby said it's rather surprising that these pilots didn't come forward or come together in some sort of whistleblower protection situation.
The anonymous pilot said the younger ones were very concerned about their livelihood, but they should have taken a wait-and-hold situation. He added that the whistleblower program was a good suggestion because they would all be protected and that these pilots would start to come out and share their stories.
Ruby also shared that some pilots are already looking for other jobs because of their uncertain future.
But one thing is for sure: The pilots can do their job even without getting the jab. The airlines simply want them to toe the line.
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