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Report: Felonious Florida pilot hired by JetBlue while unvaccinated pilots banned for safety reasons

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FILE- In this March 16, 2017, file photo, a Jet Blue airplane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. JetBlue is staying in the Big Apple. The airline said Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021 that it will keep its headquarters in New York and expand its flagship terminal at JFK Airport. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — JetBlue airline, which refuses to hire unvaccinated pilots, has reportedly hired a violent felon who is still on probation in West Palm Beach, Florida until 2044, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

JetBlue reportedly has hired John Perrys, who served nine years in prison for breaking into the home of a judge and attacking his daughter in the shower. Perrys was released from prison in 2014 and is still on probation for 22 more years in Florida, according to the Daily Wire.

“Apparently JetBlue won’t hire unvaccinated pilots, but they will hire violent convicted felons to fly their airplanes,” one pilot said, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Daily Wire to protect his job.

In 2005 Perrys was an Air Force captain who was charged in Louisiana with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask, ironically. Perrys allegedly broke into the home of a judge and beat the judges daughter, his former fiancée, with a metal baton as she exited the shower. Police said that when he was arrested, he was wearing a bulletproof vest and police found knives, handcuffs, parachute cord, a shovel, and a mask, in his vehicle. He faced life in prison.

John C Perrys is a 47 year-old who was listed as being under the supervision of the department of corrections in West Palm Beach (community Supervision), Florida. He was sentenced / adjudicated in Gulf County and is listed on the state department of corrections website in relation to the criminal offense, Burglary,armed W / Exp. Or Weapon on Friday, January 10, 2014. To see more detailed information on Perrys, including any new custody status, criminal offense history, or time served in prison or under state supervision, follow the official department of corrections link here.

According to JetBlue’s job application: “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. As part 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.”

JetBlue required its 21,000 pilots and crew members in November of 2021 to get the COVID vaccine because, as a federal contractor the company had to abide by the Biden administration’s rule

But the government never actually enforced that rule and just last month 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.”

JetBlue has not commented on its vaccine policies or the hiring of Perrys.