The anti-vaccination movement has led to outbreaks of preventable diseases causing thousands of deaths every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all international travelers get vaccinated before coming to the United States, but it’s not required by law. However, in order to fly into or out of America, you must be up-to-date on your vaccinations
The “travel restrictions by country” is a new law that will require airlines to only fly passengers who have been vaccinated. This new law is designed to protect people from the spread of diseases like measles and rubella.
In the United States, it’s Time For Vaccinated-Only Flights
on October 23, 2021 by Gary Leff
United Airlines offered flights a year ago on which everyone had to test negative in order to go. This was on the Newark – London Heathrow route, and they were attempting to demonstrate that lifting travel restrictions in certain circumstances was safe.
- On the day of travel, they gave free quick testing. This is useful for demonstrating that no one on the airplane is now contagious.
- However, it does not prove that a passenger is free of any virus that may be detected by a PCR test. PCR testing may detect lower amounts of virus before someone becomes sick or infectious, as well as the presence of virus after someone has stopped being contagious.
While test-to-travel is prevalent for foreign travel, and a negative test is necessary for both residents and tourists to fly to the United States, it has not taken off in the United States where it is not required by law.
- Because they don’t want to be punished or forced to repatriate the passenger on another aircraft, airlines only verify test or other Covid-related travel papers for places where it’s necessary for admission.
- For flights where government authorities do not mandate it, they do not add their own negative test or vaccine requirements.
That seems to have been a missed chance. United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby has been all over the media, praising the company’s achievement in getting its workers (but not those of its regional airline partners) vaccinated, as if this should persuade passengers to fly United. On United, however, the individual in the middle seat next to you may not have been vaccinated and does not need to test negative prior to flight.
Other airlines with fewer vaccinated personnel may find it more difficult to provide ‘fully vaccinated’ flights. Why not use this as a test to determine whether it can produce market share in a competitive environment?
Robert, a commenter, writes:
It would be fascinating to observe what market forces would do if an airline tried “vaccinated only” flights on routes between cities with high vaccination rates, such as SFO-JFK. Such flights, I believe, would be in high demand.
I just travelled from SFO to LHR, and it was great to know that everyone on board had been vaccinated.
I’d want to see a route like New York – Los Angeles or New York – San Francisco that has been vaccinated and tested. Because ‘one dosage Johnson & Johnson counts,’ the government adopts Sinovac Coronavac, which, according to the World Health Organization, has no evidence of decreased infection or transmission and was judged 51 percent effective against symptomatic sickness prior to the Delta variation.
Airlines have typically avoided marketing or ‘competing on’ safety, however this is only true for the safety of real flights, as both Delta and United have actively promoted their Covid safety features, with Alaska Airlines even turning it into a music video.
Anthony Fauci has said that a vaccination mandate for domestic air travel is something he would like to see implemented. I don’t believe this would be lawful, since it infringes on one’s freedom to travel. It seems to be a terrific idea for an airline to provide a vaccinated flight option as a business choice made without government coercion.
So, let’s give it a chance and see whether requiring it brings in more business and moves market share. I’d travel at inconvenient times and on an airline I don’t generally fly to know that the person in the middle seat next to me is significantly less likely to have Covid and spread it.
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