Air Vaccine Mandate: Pilot Selling Supplements Goes Viral

After the Biden administration announced last month that all federal employees should be vaccinated, most major airlines (which are technically government contractors) followed suit, requiring their employees to be vaccinated as well. . As a result, there has been an emerging sub-genre of disgruntled airline workers who have come forward on social media to complain about being subjected to the indignities of needing to be vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from the disease. sickness. However, there has been no evidence that employees are quitting en masse, despite the best efforts of anti-vaxx activists.

But that doesn’t stop some from expressing their dissatisfaction online. One such disgruntled employee is Shawn Andrew Walker, a pilot who cited the upcoming tenure last week in a clumsy anti-vaxx rant that is going viral in right-wing media circles.

“I have to choose between putting food on the table for my family and freedom of choice,” Walker said before commenting on America’s nature in addition to footage of a Civil War reenactment. He then warns that the “shifting base syndrome” will destroy the national conception of freedom entirely, supplemented by pseudo-scientific graphics of brain activity to reinforce this point. The video ends with Walker directing viewers to a website for a group of pilots, dubbed the US Freedom Flyers, who oppose the vaccine’s mandate.

Walker’s video has gone viral among the right wing, with more than 50,000 views on TikTok. It was shared by far-right pundits Candace Owens and Benny Johnson, the plagiarist turned right-wing media troll, who tweeted: “This is the bravest thing I have seen in years.” Johnson and Owens tweets of the video each received more than 17,000 retweets as of Monday afternoon.


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Although Walker claims in his video that he is forced to choose between the vaccine’s tenure and his livelihood, that may not be entirely true. While Walker’s LinkedIn page indicates that he flew for American Eagle, now Envoy Air, for just over 17 years, and is based in Chicago (his Twitter account says he’s in Paradise, Texas), the TikTok page on which he denounced the vaccine’s mandate belongs to “Cell Sauce,” a performance supplement brand he founded after recovering from an accident of motocross. “Our line of supplements are formulated by science … backed by physicians … and proven by professionals,” the site read, noting that Walker is “not a fan of pharmaceutical drugs.”

Most of the videos on the Cell Sauce TikTok page show motocross and / or walker giving nutritional advice. But Walker doesn’t seem to hesitate to use his airline pilot credentials to promote his brand: in a video released in July, he discusses the need to use probiotics like “gut sauce” from the cockpit of an airplane, wearing an American Airlines Lanyard.

When contacted for comment, American Airlines ordered Rolling stone to its CEO’s Oct. 1 letter to employees explaining the upcoming vaccination policy, with CEO Doug Parker writing that while the company is still working on the details, “it is clear that team members who choose to stay unvaccinated will not be able to at American Airlines. The company declined to comment on Walker, or even confirm or deny that he is currently a pilot for their company.

Cell Sauce doesn’t appear to be Walker’s only business. His Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages promote his writing skills business, CopySkillz. His LinkedIn also lists him as CEO of However, the website is not working, nor are the links to CopySkillz. Either way, it’s clear that Walker is deeply involved in affiliate marketing and other questionable online business programs. In 2014, he wrote on Facebook that Vimeo had banned him from posting, as Vimeo put it, “videos regarding multi-level marketing, affiliate programs, get-rich-quick schemes, financial coaching, cash donations, home concerts, or similar businesses.

Walker answered questions from Rolling stone on his employment status or other companies in press time. The US Freedom Flyers also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Walker’s video has gone viral as anti-vaccines try to tell pilots are quitting their jobs in droves to protest the vaccine’s mandate. On Sunday night, for example, after Southwest Airlines announced it would cancel more than a quarter of its flights due to an “operational collapse”, a rumor circulated among those on the far right that the cancellation was due to “sickouts”, or workers using sick leave to stay home to protest the mandate.

There is no evidence that pilots orchestrate a “sickout” in response to vaccination warrants. The FAA issued a statement saying poor weather conditions, combined with a staff shortage at a Jacksonville control center due to Covid, are the reason for the cancellations. The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association union also denied this, saying in a statement: “There is no work slowdown or work stoppage related to the recent mandate for compulsory vaccination or otherwise. Under the RLA, our union is prohibited from taking action to resolve labor disputes in these circumstances. SWAPA has not authorized and will not tolerate any labor action. “

A similar rumor also spread in September about 27 US Air Force pilots who allegedly left their bases following the vaccination mandate, which has since been debunked. The rumor was also sparked by a video that went viral on Twitter after being shared by a host of right-wing pundits, ultimately garnering 1.1 million views.

But the fact that there is no evidence to support any of these claims hasn’t stopped right-wing pundits from sharing Walker’s video and celebrating the cancellations in a bid to push the idea forward. ‘a vaccine-induced’ sick leave ‘which, as it turns out, never happened.

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