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United Airlines has come to an agreement with its pilots' labor union on new contract terms, setting an example for the rest of the industry.
The policy change is particularly noteworthy given the airline's previously strict stance.
Airlines Including Southwest, United, and American Have Together Canceled More Than 2,000 US Flights as the East Coast Braces for a Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'
Airports in New York and Massachusetts have already seen hundreds of flight cancellations, per FlightAware.
The airlines announced the temporary pay bumps for select staff members on Friday.
The airline loses about $700,000 a week by keeping its unvaccinated pilots on paid leave, according to court documents.
Delta Pushes Airlines to Create a National 'No Fly' List of Unruly Passengers, After Banning 1,600 People From its Flights
"A list of banned customers doesn't work as well if that customer can fly with another airline," it said.
About 90% of United's US employees have shown proof of their vaccination, CEO Scott Kirby said.
Employees can request a religious exemption from the vaccine, but if denied, they will have five weeks to receive their first dose or be terminated.
Earlier this month, Frontier Airlines flight attendants duct-taped a passenger to his seat, producing a viral video and full news cycle in the process