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Monday, February 6, 2023

Southwest CEO tested positive for coronavirus following a Senate hearing.

The company confirmed Friday that Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly has tested positive for the coronavirus after appearing at a Senate hearing with other aviation industry officials.

Before showing up for Wednesday’s hearing, Mr. Kelly tested negative several times, but tested positive after returning home and experiencing mild symptoms. Mr. Kelly, 66, is fully vaccinated, boosted and resting at home, Southwest reports.

Mr Kelly appeared before the Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transportation on Wednesday to discuss the impact of billions of dollars in federal aid from the pandemic on the aviation industry. He was personally joined by Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines; Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines; John Laugh, Chief of Operations, Delta Air Lines; and Sarah Nelson, head of the Flight Attendants Association. Each was exposed for at least part of the hearing. Many senators on the committee also did not wear masks, but sat further apart.

At some point during the hearing, Senator Roger Wicker, a Missouri Republican, asked Mr Kelly if passengers would ever be able to travel on planes without masks.

“I think this is a very strong case for masks not adding anything special to the cockpit,” said Mr. Kelly, praising air filtration in aircraft. “It’s very safe and very high quality compared to any other room.”

Kirby, a United executive who was vaccinated and spearheaded the vaccination pre-requisite at his company, tested negative for the virus on Friday, the airline said. Mr Laughter was negative on Thursday and Friday. American said in a statement that Mr. Parker “has no symptoms, is fully vaccinated and tested this afternoon.”

Ms Nelson of the flight attendants union said in a statement that she was notified of Mr Kelly’s test positive when she returned to work after being vaccinated.

“I follow CDC protocols and will test several times during the recommended 5-7 day period, as well as before traveling with my family on vacation,” she said in a statement. “Get your waxing, put on your mask and be so kind!”

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