Thanks American Airlines – Anti-Vaccination Message Shot Out Of The Skies

In case you missed it on other blogs and news updates (such as the ever-dedicated Doubtful News) – a little while back, I got an alert:

American Airlines have acquiesced to a 3 1/2 min AVN interview on the in-flight “Executive Report”.

The audio will play on 58,000 American Airline flights between July and August and the “interview” will feature in the American Way in-flight magazine.

This resulted in a 2000+ signed petition (they nearly got to the goal of 2500!) over on Change.org, called “Ask American Airlines to cancel anti-vaccination message”.

I’m very pleased to say – RESULT!

The American Air Twitter feed now has about a dozen responses to a number of people, all along the lines of:

The ad never aired and we decided not to air this audio. We thank those who shared their opinions.

This interview has not been submitted to AA yet. We have decided not to air this audio. We thank those who shared their opinions.

It will not be included in any printed material as well.

Thank you to everyone who alerted me to the issue so I could pass it onto others – particularly @auntyfuzz and Paul Gallagher.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Yes! Sanity FTW!!!

    • Ichthyic

      Harrumble!

      ’bout time these idiotic antivaxxers got some slap-down.

  • Cuttlefish

    Yee Fucking Ha!

  • meanmike

    Sweet. I signed that petition (I feel so useful). The skies are safe again.

  • raven

    State declares epidemic of whooping cough

    State health officials said Tuesday that whooping cough has reached epidemic levels in Washington and urged vaccines for all children and adults to help prevent the disease.

    The Associated Press
    Published: 04/04/12 12:05 am Updated: 04/04/12 12:24 am

    State health officials said Tuesday that whooping cough has reached epidemic levels in Washington and urged vaccines for all children and adults to help prevent the disease.

    About 640 cases had been reported in 23 counties including Pierce, King and Thurston as of March 31, putting the state on track to have the highest number of reported cases in decades, officials said. There were 94 cases reported during the same period last year.

    We are having a whooping cough (Pertussis) series of epidemics on the West Coast.

    Washington is up to 900 cases now. It is estimated that actual cases are around 10X reported cases so the real number is ca. 9,000. Great job anti-vaxxers.

    Whooping cough is occasionally fatal in infants.

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