Delta Air Lines, which has expanded its presence in Alaska this summer, announced that it is mandating that all new employees submit to the COVID shot.

The order went into effect on May 17 and will impact any newly hired employees. According to the Delta’s website it is currently hiring baggage handlers and ticket agents in Anchorage.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian

In March, Delta announced a significant expansion of service to Alaska this summer, including added flights to Anchorage and Fairbanks – as well as the return of seasonal destinations like Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. The new schedule includes additional flights to Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Seattle.

The airline is the latest company to force employees to receive the experimental COVID vaccines, which have only been approved for emergency use. Since many Americans are declining to take the shots, Delta is not currently requiring existing employees to submit to a COVID jab.

A statement on the airline’s website claims that 60% of its 75,000 employees are vaccinated.

“To help maintain this trajectory, Delta will require all new hires in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they qualify for an accommodation, effective Monday, May 17,” the website states. “Delta will not be putting in place a company-wide mandate to require current employees to be vaccinated.”

The vaccine mandate for new hires seems to reflect Delta CEO Ed Bastian enthusiasm for COVID shots. Speaking to NBC News in December, he said he “can’t wait to get vaccinated,” and that he is going to “strongly encourage” airline employees to do the same.

In the same interview, Bastian said he hasn’t ruled out mandating vaccinations for passengers as well, but he thinks that might become standard practice without the airlines having to make the final call on a highly contentious issue.

“I think for international travel, it will become a requirement,” Bastian said. “Whether it’s the airline does it or some international authorities do it.”

Currently, Delta requires all passengers to confirm that they do not have COVID symptoms or a COVID diagnosis in the past 10 days before traveling. They are also required to wear masks throughout their travel, as are employees.

The airline also strongly encourages all passengers entering the U.S. to provide contact information upon entry.

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Delta Air Lines demands all new hires submit to COVID shot

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    This is unlawful. They can’t force their Wil on employees!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Nobody will be applying for that job

  • Michael S Totten says:

    People will stop flying and these companies will go bankrupt

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes I won’t fly Alaska airlines because of there STUPID CRAZY Woke Mask rules.
    Delta there even Worst then Alaska airlines. Delta wants to hire diversity pilots of any color as long as there not White.
    What ever HAPPENED to the best qualified person not this Woke Bull Crap.
    Yes, if they make you get the shot to fly. Then myself and many others are not living Alaska any time soon.
    Quit trying to control are life’s.

  • Lobo says:

    That’s no different from demanding I be vaccinated for every disease, which is the same as mandating a medical procedure.

  • Jordan says:

    Then Delta should end and everyone should quit… make way for a freedom loving, Constitution upholding, human rights defending Airlines.
    There is no room for this NEEDLESS persecution and division.. if Delta wants to be divisive then They can leave.
    My body my choice.. Coercion is a terrorist tactics that Delta has adopted, SHAME!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Planes are literally falling out of the sky already with all these diversity hires. Thank god i live in texas. I don’t fly anywhere

  • Jen says:

    I bet these peoples all gunhoe pushing this experimental vaccine thinking its the right way all attend an Apostate Chuch. They don’t even know the Truth to be telling the rest of us what is the truth. Hahaha

  • JS says:

    Corporate CEO’s SEEM to have their own pathogen that makes them all think they’re an emperor. All tyrants have to do is claim safety to perpetuate their own political ends. Bastian and Costco’s Jelenek are probably comrades

  • Steve Peterson says:

    As long as consumers don’t stand for principles, and will purchase from entities which hate them and liberty, these companies will do what they want and/or will obey the social justice warriors. Boycott Delta and Coke amongst a plethora of others.

  • Matthew says:

    Delta Airlines can eat me A$$ – My Amex card is gonna go gone gone real soon, and I will never fly another. Also -‘Ed Bastian, you twat – i wish dueling was still legal.
    There is NO emergency proclamation – COVID trials are now illegal in alaska. There is NO FDA approval for non-emergency use – wake the f@ck up people!

  • NAV says:

    Delta headed for major law suit OSHA holds them $$$$$$$ ACCOUNTABLE for ANY adverse effects accidents caused on their planes if a passenger passes out hits their head has medical episode while wearing a mask. TO all people flying Delta this is for you!!!

  • NAV says:

    This is the universal law and holds Delta 100% liable for Treaty violations and medical malpractice, going to cost share holders $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL No 7070 Volume 313: Page 1448,
    7 December 1996.
    The judgment by the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg laid down 10 standards to
    which physicians must conform when carrying out experiments on human subjects in
    a new code that is now accepted worldwide.
    This judgment established a new standard of ethical medical behaviour for the post
    World War II human rights era. Amongst other requirements, this document
    enunciates the requirement of voluntary informed consent of the human subject. The
    principle of voluntary informed consent protects the right of the individual to control
    his own body.
    This code also recognizes that the risk must be weighed against the expected
    benefit, and that unnecessary pain and suffering must be avoided.
    This code recognizes that doctors should avoid actions that injure human patients.
    The principles established by this code for medical practice now have been extended
    into general codes of medical ethics.
    The Nuremberg Code (1947)
    Permissible Medical Experiments
    The great weight of the evidence before us to effect that certain types of medical
    experiments on human beings, when kept within reasonably well-defined bounds,
    conform to the ethics of the medical profession generally. The protagonists of the
    practice of human experimentation justify their views on the basis that such
    experiments yield results for the good of society that are unprocurable by other
    methods or means of study. All agree, however, that certain basic principles must
    be observed in order to satisfy moral, ethical and legal concepts:
    1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This
    means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent;
    should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without
    the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching,
    or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient
    knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved
    as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This
    latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision
    by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature,
    duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is
    to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected;
    and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his
    participation in the experiment.
    The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests
    upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is
    a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with
    2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of
    society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random
    and unnecessary in nature.
    3. The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal
    experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other
    problem under study that the anticipated results justify the performance of the
    4. The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical
    and mental suffering and injury.
    5. No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to
    believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those
    experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
    6. The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the
    humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
    7. Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to
    protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury,
    disability or death.
    8. The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons.
    The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of
    the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
    9. During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to
    bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state
    where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
    10.During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared
    to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe,
    in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required
    of him, that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury,
    disability, or death to the experimental subject.
    For more information see Nuremberg Doctor’s Trial, BMJ 1996;313(7070):1445-75.

  • John J. Otness says:

    If the watchman sees the enemy approaching and does not sound the warning then the blood of the innocent is on his hands.
    The corporate World along with those in Government have escalated the attack on those in this land who still believe that they are benevolent. Those that promote and tell the innocent that because of their position in govt that they are promoting a NON APPROVED INJECTION BY THE CDC AND THOUSANDS OF DOCTORS THAT SCREAM THE DIRE WARNING AGAINST INJECTING THIS POISON ARE DEMONIC EVIL… GOV DUNLEAVEY AND FRANKLIN GRAHAM you are vile evil in your genocidal effort and GOD will have you for what you are doing……. my life is moot unless I speak to defend against your evil deeds of satan. I fear you not….. I fear being silent in the face of your worldly satanic plot….. soon we all will face our lives and what we stood for while breath filled our being. DUNLEAVY YOU PROMOTE DEATH BY LURING THOSE WHO TRUST YOU TO INJECT WHAT IS DOING SO MUCH DAMAGE,,,, FRANKLIN I SHUDDER AT YOUR FUTURE…JUDGEMENT BEGINS AT THE PULPIT…

  • John J. Otness says:

    The Corporations are willing to take any risk to have the last gasp at the stealing of the souls as the tick tock of time
    races toward their final gun when they will be destroyed for their evil on humanity. The world has been theirs and the soul stealer sees his end. Money means nothing in eternity only what we have done to or for mankind.
    We as those with eyes to see must rise and stand together as one and watch these demons flee…. Your tongue has become the weapon feared most by the dark side in this spiritual war. Use it and rejoice that we have a future where as those who lived to make humanity bleed and suffer only see what they have sown…. May GOD fill all his warriors with strength unknown and bless them with the gift of seeing the unseen to know the plans of the dark, Mat you pray for this asking for Wisdom and Understanding in YASHUAS precious Name AMEN. Our Generation will fight a Spiritual war and win.

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Whoops! OSHA will have a talk with Delta. Under OSHA regulations, vaccination as a employment requirement means the company takes full responsibility for any life-long side effects and any side effects now become recordable safety incidents. This means employees will draw workers comp for side effects due to vaccination. You require it, you pay for the after effects.
    Bristal Bay- I do hope your lawyers are cringing over this.

  • JinAk says:

    Uh, isn’t this discrimination? Delta will only hire someone who is vaxxed with an experimental substance? Isn’t that kind of like saying they’ll only hire people based on other characteristics like color, religion, political identification. In fact they are taking a political stance as generally those refusing the jab are conservatives

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Lots of good comments and info. So Delta, and other companies are thumbing their nose at the United States constitution and the Nuremberg code and trying to force a vaccine that still only has experimental status. One would hope there would be uprising and lawsuits but it is also likely there are enough people that just don’t care about this being unconstitutional, nor of the precedent set for completely ignoring and disregarding the constitution in other things. It is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There will also be plenty of already vaccinated applicants for the positions who don’t think twice about the requirement, nor care about what it represents in the bigger picture.

  • G Aleution says:

    I believe Nurenberg Trials are soon available right here in the United States under the guise of tribunals. Hopefully any harmful, unAmerican political drift toward marxist error while succumbing to foreign guidance will be swiftly ameliorated through Constitutional means.