Reports circulated this weekend regarding hundreds of cancelled flights in Florida.

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Mainstream media blamed the flight cancellations on bad weather.

From Tampa Bay Times:

Southwest Airlines cancelled numerous flights Saturday across Florida, including Tampa International Airport, due to air traffic control issues resulting from bad weather in northern Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration imposed an air traffic management program that essentially grounded Southwest flights Friday, according to Emily Nipps, spokeswoman for Tampa International Airport.

Southwest was forced to cancel flights Friday, which caused a domino effect into Saturday. Southwest flights are continuing to be cancelled into Saturday night. As of 7:40 p.m., 11 out of 15 Southwest flights still scheduled for Saturday night were cancelled, according to flight statuses listed on Tampa International Airport’s website.

Action News Jax hinted at staff shortages in addition to inclement weather:

Different airports in Florida experienced flight delays and cancellations on Friday due to bad weather and, in some cases, staff shortages.

According to the Federal Aviation Center, a Jacksonville facility needed additional staff for managing air traffic and did not resume normal operations until 10 p.m. on Friday.

The FAA released the following statement on Saturday regarding flight delays and cancelations.

“Due to a combination of severe weather, active military training in the airspace, and unexpected limited staff at the Jacksonville facility that handles high-altitude, en route traffic, the FAA took steps to safely manage air traffic the evening of Oct. 8. Normal operations returned at approximately 10 p.m.”

Other airports like Tampa International Airport had delays and cancelations due to bad weather.

But is there a media blackout on the real reason for the flight cancellations?

Unnamed sources claimed Jacksonville air traffic controllers staged a walkout over COVID-19 injection mandates.

And the protest caused pandemonium for flight operations across Florida.

The source stated at least 650 flights were cancelled.

Here’s more info:

Many others commented on the strange flight cancellations in and out of Florida.

Stuck in Florida bc southwest cancelled all flights due to the pilots having a strike bc of the vaccine mandates 🧍🏻‍♀️ GET OVER YOURSELVES PEOPLE HAVE PLACES TO BE

— Sof ⁷ (@filterminguji) October 10, 2021

What’s going on in Jacksonville?

And why hasn’t the mainstream media confirmed or denied the rumored Jacksonville ATC walkout?

Is there a media blackout to avoid the fallout of COVID-19 injection mandates?

The Federal Aviation Administration appeared careful with their wording in this response.

From Action News Jax:

A representative for the Federal Aviation Administration told Action News Jax, “Due to a combination of severe weather, active military training in the airspace, and unexpected limited staff at the Jacksonville facility that handles high-altitude, en route traffic, the FAA took steps to safely manage air traffic the evening of Oct. 8. Normal operations returned at approximately 10 p.m.”

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the weather was clear in the area long before the delays were reported.

”It certainly doesn’t seem like things are back to normal,” Hill said. “There’s tons of flights canceled still even [Saturday] so I don’t really know what’s going on.”

At Jacksonville International Airport, a representative said seven flights were canceled. “Passengers and those picking up should check with their airline before heading to the airport.”

Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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By Margaret Taylor

Experienced communications professional with 5 years of experience in international journalism.

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