American Airlines was forced to cancel over 1,500 flights across the country over the weekend, and while the airline is trying to blame the weather, a whistleblower is saying that the cancelations had nothing to do with that.

“With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,” American Airlines officials told CNN.

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Though officials blamed “high winds” for the cancellations, a whistleblower told The Gateway Pundit, “High winds My a**. High winds of freedom!”

American Airlines canceled 104 flights in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday, which made up 34% of their Phoenix services for the day. This number of cancellations there is continuing to grow today.

Lines of people could be seen waiting for their accommodations after their flights were canceled.

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Fox Business reported that by 9:30 this morning, American Airlines had canceled an additional 338 flights, which is 6% of the airline’s flight schedule. Airline officials said in a statement that they continue “to see improvement in its flight schedule Monday” and expect “considerable improvement” beginning Tuesday, although it is still experiencing “some residual operational recovery” from the weekend.

This comes as vaccine mandates that have been put in place by airlines have given rise to concerns over potential staff shortages. The Allied Pilots Association, a labor union representing thousands of American Airlines pilots, has told pilots not to let the vaccine mandate deadlines distract them from the cockpit, according to The Hill.

“The latest hazard we face may be the hardest, regardless of your personal views concerning the vaccine mandate. We are seeing distractions in the flight deck that can create dangerous situations,” the union said in a memo that was distributed to pilots. “We must eliminate distractions in the flight deck to ensure that we continue to operate at the highest levels of safety.”

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Last month, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told CNBC that the vast majority of the airline’s employees are vaccinated and that a small minority “almost certainly” will have a religious or medical exemption by the deadline “and those who aren’t we’ll continue to work with.”

Last week, hundreds of American Airlines employees gathered outside of company headquarters in Texas to protest the mandate.

“We are leading the way in this fight because it doesn’t end with us, passengers are next,” one organizer of the protest told KTVT-TV.

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This has all led to more concerns about travel over the holidays this year.