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United Airlines Says Unvaccinated Pilots Costing It Millions

  • Airline says paid leave costs $1.4 million every two weeks
  • Judge extends order requiring United to pay to Nov. 8
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United Airlines Inc. told a federal judge the company is spending millions on paid leave for unvaccinated pilots because their colleagues “refuse to risk their safety” by flying with them.

The leave is costing United about $1.4 million every two weeks -- money it’s unlikely to recover even if it wins a lawsuit challenging the airline’s vaccine mandate for all U.S. employees, United argued in a filing on Friday in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas.