Depending on where you get what passes for “news,” you probably didn’t. I’m seeing zero about this mainstream national news feeds. There’s some local coverage, but it all follows the official FAA line: “Disruptive weather” and an unexpected ATC staffing issue.
I live in the area. There was no weather that would shut down air travel statewide. We did have some brief, heavy rain, but nothing unusual in the slightest for this area.
The Air Traffic Control “staffing issue” was a mass walkout/sickout (I’ve seen it put both ways) of controllers at the Jacksonville ATC center…
Over the ChinCOVID pseudo-vax mandate.
Jacksonville is the regional control center for the southeast US; they control five states. So this hit a little more than even just the entire state of Florida. But national “news” media?
Can’t let the gullible masses realize how much pseudo-vax opposition there is. Or how badly it’s already affecting the economy. Not just passenger travel; think air cargo (mail, Fedex, DHL, etc).
Who remembers the ’81 PATCO strike?
Update: Suddenly it’s a little less clear who all walked out. While ATC staffing issues are still cited, I’m now seeing reports like this one, that Southwest Airlines employees walked out over its pseudo-vax mandate.
Did FAA controllers and Southwest workers walk? How much of this is the airline and the FAA finger-pointing at each other. I can’t see any reason why Southwest workers walking would prompt the FAA to ground traffic.
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