Last Friday October 9 masses of flights were canceled in Florida. According to The Federal Aviation Administration the flight cancellations were due to “severe weather, active military training in the airspace, and unexpected limited staff” at the Jacksonville FAA facility that handles air travel. The FAA released an official statement on Twitter.
#UPDATE: @FAANews says limited staff at Jacksonville air traffic control facility partially led to mass flight cancellations in Florida last night. Full statement below ⬇️ @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/9GBTuWjPVc— Robert Grant (@RobertANJax) October 9, 2021
The FAA has not responded to inquiries about the reasoning behind the shortage of staff. But news made the rounds on Twitter. A tweet arose from @ThomasBSauer of a screenshot from an apparent trusted source–claiming that shortage was due to vaccine mandate protests. According to the screenshot text conversation, 650 flights were cancelled at JAX. Dr. Jordan Peterson quoted Tom Sauer’s tweet inquiring his audience about the validity of the claim, and when scanning the responses, it seems the public malaise agrees with Sauer.
Is there a media blackout on last night’s air traffic controller walkout in Jacksonville, FL?— Tom Sauer 🇺🇸 ⚓️ 💣 (@thomasbsauer) October 9, 2021
Hundreds of flights canceled.
Walkout due to vax mandate
From a trusted source: pic.twitter.com/kCseQMZlal
At the moment the FAA has not issued a statement on whether air traffic controllers have walked out due to vaccine mandates.