United Airlines CEO wants to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees — if other companies go along
In this file photo, United Airlines President Scott Kirby speaks at a press conference at O Hare International Airport on June 5, 2019. - Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

United Airlines wants to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for its workforce, as long as it’s not the only company to do so, CEO Scott Kirby told employees at a virtual meeting Thursday. “I think the right thing to do is for United Airlines, and for other companies, to require the vaccines and to make them mandatory,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the company. If other companies start requiring the vaccine, Chicago-based United likely would be among the first to do so, Kirby said. But he doesn’t think the airline “will get away with” being the only company to require employe...