Tell Delta to Stop Putting their Passengers' Health at Risk
  • Petitioned Russ Lemieux

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Executive Director , Airline Passenger Experience Association
Russ Lemieux
Airline Passenger Experience Association
Board of Directors
APEX
Vice President, reservations sales and customer care, Delta
Allison Ausband
CEO, Delta
Richard Anderson
Exhibits, Sponsorships & Advertising
Mimi Ruffing
Director, Customer Care, Delta
Toby Broberg
In Flight Media Customer Care
COO, In Flight Media
Grant Rabjohn
Manager, Customer Care, Delta
Heidi Gould
CMP, Manager, Meetings & Expositions, APEX
Kirsten Arthur
Education/Program Coordinator, APEX
Lauren Beneri
Membership Services Coordinator, APEX
Heather Wetzel
General Manager, APEX
Katie Goshgarian
Communications Specialist, APEX
Ron Gumucio

Tell Delta to Stop Putting their Passengers' Health at Risk

    1. Elyse Anders
    2. Petition by

      Elyse Anders

      Irving, TX

National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on Delta flights is discouraging people from receiving the flu vaccine by downplaying the seriousness of the flu and instructing individuals to visit their "vaccine information" website.

An ad by the NVIC earlier this year which pointed Times Square visitors to their website was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, unscientific and misleading.

The NVIC is a notorious anti-vaccine organization, whose name and website are designed to give the impression that they are a legitimate government agency. However their "vaccine information" is designed to frighten the public and encourage individuals to opt out of protecting themselves and their children through immunization.

According to the CDC, each year the flu kills up to as many as 49,000 people in the US and the WHO estimates up to 500,000 people globally with up to 5 million severe cases. 

While washing hands and covering faces while coughing and sneezing help to prevent the spread of infection, vaccines play an important role in disease prevention — a role that cannot be ignored.

Putting travelers onto an airplane, where they are put in close proximity, if not direct contact, with other travelers for extended periods of time while discouraging them to do everything possible to protect themselves and each other is simply irresponsible at best, and downright dangerous at worst.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. [WIRED] Delta Airlines: Would You Like Flu With That?

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organiser

      Well, thanks to Delta Airlines, we now have one more reason to dread flying during flu season: anti-vaccine ads. Delta started running some in-flight infomercials paid for by the National Vaccine Information Center, an anti-vaccine group. The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to Delta’s CEO, urging them to stop running the ads, which will put passengers at risk — particularly children, who are more vulnerable to the flu.

    3. Delta In-Flight Ad Spurs Backlash From Flu Vaccine Advocates

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organiser

      A video commercial sponsored by a non-profit, anti-vaccine organization now playing on Delta flights has come under fire by a pediatrician organization, prompting the airlines to review its approval process for in-flight programming.

    4. Update at Skepchick

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      I update you on Delta, my thoughts, and ideas to stay active!

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Delta in-flight ad opposed; airline considers video change

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organiser

      Delta Air Lines will change its approval process for in-flight programming after a video advertisement drew opposition, leading to an online petition calling for its removal.

    7. Forbes: Pediatrician Group Slams Delta Airlines For Running Video Made By V

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organiser

      Delta Airlines is “putting the lives of children at risk” by showing a video that downplays the importance of flu shots, according to a letter sent last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says that the advertisement “urges viewers to become informed about influenza and how to stay well during the flu season without resorting to the influenza vaccine.”

    8. AAP condemns NVIC's ad on Delta

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      The American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to Delta's CEO on behalf of their 60,000 members asking them to reconsider running NVIC's ad.

      "By providing advertising space to an organization like the NVIC, which opposes the nation’s recommended childhood immunization schedule and promotes the unscientific practice of delaying or skipping vaccines altogether, you are putting the lives of children at risk, leaving them unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases."

      More info at the Left Brain Right Brain blog:

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures
    10. Almost 2000 signatures!

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks for taking time out of your weekends to sign this petition! Still no word from Delta.

      Today is an important day to share this petition — Delta has a Groupon running.

    11. Reached 1,500 signatures
    12. Update:

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      The video is back up on YouTube. You can see it at the link below.

      Delta is continuing to run the ad and has not yet responded to our outrage. Please continue sharing this ad. It is unacceptable to encourage travelers to refuse vaccines.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. 750 signatures in 6 hours

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      Great job everyone!
      Want a play by play of what's wrong with this NVIC ad? Check out this post at Silenced By Age of Autism:

    15. Perhaps a response?

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      As of right now, the YouTube video featuring this ad has been removed. The ad has also been removed from In-Flight Media's Now Playing page and is no longer accessible via In-Flight's Facebook wall.

      Could this mean we can expect an official response soon?

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. 666 signatures

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      Raising hell :)

      More info on the importance of this campaign:

    18. 500 supporters!

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      We've received 10% of our target number of signatures in just 3 1/2 hours!

      Keep sharing!

      Why is this important?:

    19. Reached 500 signatures
    20. Almost 200 signatures in an hour!

      Elyse Anders
      Petition Organiser

      Great job, people! Let's get these ads pulled! Spread the word about the dangers of the NVIC's message and the importance of getting not only the flu, but all recommended vaccines!

    21. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      By agreeing to air this message, Delta are participating in the endangerment of young children, elderly people, and other Americans with vulnerable immune systems.

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    • Sally Burmeister HARLAN, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      Vaccines against disease are one of the greatest health promotors in the history of mankind. The ads running on Delta flights give misinformation that harms people.

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    • Harvey Organek FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      As a respiratory physician specialist I am concerned about the lack of Delta's public health responsibility and ethics to ensure a safe flying experience. Advertising anti-vaccine messages is tacit approval by Delta Airlines contrary to their corporate mission and responsibility to their passengers in the prevention of the spread of airborne infection.

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    • Nancy S. Horie AUBURN, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      Various immunizations have saved thousands of lives as well as preventing major disabilities.

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    • Henry VanKets MD,Ph.D. DRONGEN, BELGIUM
      • over 2 years ago

      Vaccination has saved thousands of people,eradicated diseases.Why air negativistic ,false messages?

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