JetBlue hires violent convicted felon to pilot its aircraft; but won’t hire those who refuse to get “the” shot?


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NEW YORK, NY- In order to get a job as a pilot or first officer with JetBlue, applicants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19; anyone who is not vaccinated will not be hired. Conversely, if you’re a convicted felon, JetBlue apparently has no problem putting its flight crews, passengers, and fleet of Airbus jets at your mercy.

In a story straight out of bizarre-ville, Tucker Carlson reported this week that JetBlue has indeed hired a man who spent nine years in jail for breaking into a judge’s home and violently attacking his daughter, as a “pilot trainee,” according to Town Hall.

John Perrys was hired as a pilot trainee in July of this year, eight years removed from being released from prison for the above violent attack, the Daily Wire reported. Perrys however is on felony probation until 2044, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

According to two JetBlue pilots, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their fellow pilots are outraged by the airline’s decision to hire someone who committed a violent felony while the airline still refuses, despite piles of evidence that they are ineffective at best, to hire anyone who has not submitted to the jab.

“Apparently JetBlue won’t hire unvaccinated pilots, but they will hire violent convicted felons to fly their planes,” said one of the pilots.

According to a 2005 Associated Press report, Perrys, then serving as a captain in the United States Air Force, was charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask relative to a Louisiana case where he broke into the home of a judge and proceeded to beat his daughter, who was also Perrys’ former fiancée, with a metal baton as she walked out of the shower.

According to a police report, Perrys was wearing a ballistic vest when arrested, while his vehicle contained knives, handcuffs, parachute cord, a shovel and a mask, the AP reported. Sounds like the kind of guy 162 passengers and five crew should be trusting with their lives. Clearly has the temperament and judgment to be an airline pilot.

According to JetBlue’s job application, it reads:

“Every decision JetBlue has made throughout the pandemic has been with our safety value front and center. Whether it’s requiring masks, or many of the other health and safety protocols we’ve had to navigate during the pandemic, all of these efforts have been focused on making the workplace and air travel safer for you and our Customers. [emphasis added] As art of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all JetBlue employees. New hire employees must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of training.”

In November 2021, JetBlue claimed it was requiring its employees to take the COVID vaccine, asserting it had “no choice” because it was considered to be a federal contractor and therefore had to abide by a rule put in place by the Biden administration.

The rule was eventually delayed, then blocked by a court injunction. A number of airlines, including Southwest for example, ended up not enforcing the rule since it was stayed by a judge. More recently, on October 18, 2022, the injunction expired, however the following day, the government said:

“Despite the lifting of the nationwide bar to enforcement on October 18, 2022, at this time  agencies should not: (1) take any steps to require covered contractors and subcontractors to come into compliance with previously issued Task Force guidance; or (2) enforce any contract clauses implementing Executive Order 14042.”

The Daily Wire reached out to JetBlue to inquire about their vaccine policies, as well as their hiring practice of putting convicted felons in the flight deck of their aircraft. Of course, they received no response.

Likewise, the outlet reached out to Perrys for comment, however he did not return that request. According to an interna JetBlue web page reviewed by the Daily Wire, Perrys is listed as a “Pilot Trainee” and a “Crewmember since July 202, 2022.” Yet another picture showed him under a banner that read, “Congratulations Class 34-22,” in reference to his training.

One of the JetBlue pilots the Daily Wire spoke to said Perrys is being trained to fly an Airbus A320, saying that “several instructors have refused to train him. Many captains have told management they’ll refuse to fly with him.”

A second pilot said he is “on the line as a flying pilot in control of a plane with up to two hundred paying and oblivious souls on board.”

Law Enforcement Today reached out to a pilot for another major airline who responded on condition of anonymity. The pilot, also a military veteran, was asked if he would fly with someone who had a record such as that of Perrys.

“I would not fly with someone who did those crimes. How do I trust them with a plane load of passengers in the air?”

We also spoke to a flight attendant, also with a major airline and a former law enforcement officer. He was short and direct when asked if he would fly with someone like Perrys.

“Absolutely not.”

Recall that on March 24, 2015, the first officer of a German airliner, Germanwings, deliberately crashed the Airbus A-320 into the French Alps, killing all 149 passengers and crew onboard.

While the plane was cruising at 38,000 feet on the morning of March 24, 2015, the captain, 34-year old Patrick Sondenheimer left the flight deck, presumably to use the restroom. Shortly afterward, First Officer Andreas Lubitz, 27, put the aircraft into a rapid descent, crashing 10 minutes later in southern France. Three Americans were among those who died in the crash.

Cockpit voice recordings showed Sondenheimer was trying to break into the flight deck as the aircraft descended. Germanwings, a subsidiary of Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa, had fortified cockpit doors in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The investigation showed that Lubitz had a history of severe depression and had undergone treatment for psychological problems. A number of doctors had declared him unfit to fly, however he withheld the information from Lufthansa.

What does that prove? It proves that someone who had the forethought to break into the home of a judge, beat his ex-fiancée with a pipe, and who had all the tools to carry out a possible kidnapping in his vehicle, should be nowhere near the flight deck of a commercial airliner. He doesn’t possess the judgment, temperament, or demeanor to hold the lives of so many people in his hands.

But hey, he may take down an aircraft full of passengers, possibly kill a bunch of people on the ground, but at least they won’t (theoretically) die from COVID.

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