A group of airline pilots have teamed up with a national legal organization to challenge President Joe Biden’s Covid injection mandate for employees of federal contractors.

Filed in U.S. District Court on Nov. 23 by Health Freedom Defense Fund and U.S. Freedom Flyers, the lawsuit alleges, among other things, that “the President arrogated to himself general police powers over the lives of millions of people, which are contemplated by neither the Constitution nor any Act of Congress.” 

If successful, the lawsuit could pave the way for hundreds of Alaska pilots and thousands around the nation to stay employed despite declining to take the experimental jabs.

The suit was sparked by Biden’s Sept. 9 executive order commanding all federal employees and employees of federal contractors to get Covid shots. This came after Biden repeatedly denied having any intention of enacting a nationwide vax mandate.

Plaintiffs in the case say Biden’s administration has overreached it authority in seeking to use federal agencies to dictate public health policy.

Health Freedom Defense Fund president, Leslie Manookian, said “the real driving force behind Biden’s executive order is to compel more of the U.S. population to submit to vaccination – an objective that is beyond the reach of Congress, let alone the Executive Branch. In case some in government have forgotten, we live in a constitutional republic, not a kingdom.”

Plaintiffs argue that Biden’s plan will force the termination of thousands of essential workers from critical supply-chain and transportation industries that are already over-stressed.

The lawsuit observes that for the past 18 months there was no “urgent and compelling” circumstances justified intrusive, government-wide vax mandates.

Health Freedom Defense Fund is a non-profit legal group that fights to defend medical choice and bodily autonomy. The U.S. Freedom Flyers, is a group of airline employees and passengers, including some from Alaska, who are working to defend medical freedoms.

Up until late September, Alaska Airlines had only encouraged employees to get Covid shots. The company changed course, however, and joined other major airlines in ordering its 22,000 employees to get Covid shots in order to comply with Biden’s mandate. Employees can, however, apply for religious and medical exemptions.

Employees of Alaska Airlines have told the Alaska Watchman that the company has extended its deadline for compliance several times. According to Biden’s order, however, federal contractors have until Jan. 4, 2022, to be deemed “fully vaccinated.”

This latest lawsuit comes on the heels of a Nov. 12 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling against a separate Biden mandate that is attempting to force businesses with more than 100 employees to require Covid injections. The court ordered the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the private employer mandate “until further court order.”

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Airline pilots file lawsuit against Biden’s federal vax mandate

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.


  • John J Otness. says:

    Stories of. Pilots dying mid flight . This is genocide… Murder. the first responders murder. the Military… Use your GOD given brains and break the damn needle….. The watchman must warn or. the blood is on his hands.

  • Ralph says:

    The power comes from We The People.. someones acting like a true dictator thinking D.C. can dictate on what States do, but what Businesses/buisness owners do.
    Trying to coerce, fee, and indirectly threaten owners of establishments that secure lively hoods!!??
    In light of this I see the Anc. Ass.embly acting the same way.. No One who has a brain cares about your emotional un-scientific masks.
    This current administration and assembly has ruined this city and tarnished America’s reputation on the world štage.. and it is a stage.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    May God bless and prosper them.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    It’s all madness
    That’s why I’m not flying these days.
    Wear a mask for six hours you got to be kidding me.
    Flying back in the days, you were giving a tray of food with a verse or message from God on your tray. Today that would be racist, woke or white privileged, you fill in the blank.
    We need to cleanse are selfs from all this Evil.
    No shot for me or theses pilots. I’m praying for you and your safety and fight against this stupid woke mandated world we’re living in.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Happy Thanksgiving !!
    To All these pilots for taking our loved ones to there Thanksgiving feast, enjoy yum

  • jh says:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is about to require 80 million working Americans to get vaccinated against the “Fauci Flu”
    OSHA sent a draft mandate to the White House on Oct. 8, 2021. Once the White House completes its review, OSHA will issue the order. And then OSHA will get sued. :–)
    Congress created OSHA to promote workplace safety only. Vaccines against viruses are an entirely different form of protection and are beyond the scope of OSHA’s mandate.
    If Congress meant to give an agency authority to issue a general vaccine mandate, it would have enacted a law conferring and defining that authority.
    The U.S. has suffered through smallpox, polio, and a raft of other diseases—including the seasonal flu—for which vaccines are available. The federal government has never imposed a general vaccine mandate. Nor has any agency claimed authority to issue such a sweeping mandate.
    In short, Congress has not given OSHA license to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.
    Lawmakers needn’t prohibit OSHA from imposing a mandate that they never authorized the agency to issue in the first place.
    On the contrary, if Congress wants a general vaccine mandate, it must pass a law establishing one.

    • SandraL says:

      Thank you @jh for your comment, which hits the nail on the head. It’s so important (in fact, essential for our survival as a human species) to have intelligently thought-out and written contributions to the discussion.

  • jh says:

    Biden is mandating the Fauci, covid shot and masks and threatening your job!
    Trump: Biden should take a ‘mandated’ cognitive test.