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Airlines for America, an industry body, has argued that airplanes have very little risk of virus transmission due to high quality cabin ventilation systems, strict disinfection practices, and strict rules that require passengers to wear masks. The industry has also argued that it has an important economic role to play and that further travel restrictions could hamper recovery.
“We remain confident that this multi-layered approach will significantly reduce the risk, and we are encouraged that science continues to confirm that the risk of virus transmission on board aircraft is very low,” the group said.
The first stimulus package, which went into effect almost a year ago, included $ 50 billion in grants and loans to shore up the pandemic-ravaged aviation industry. In December, Congress approved an additional $ 15 billion in grants to employ airline workers. The aid bill passed by the Senate on Saturday includes an additional $ 14 billion for airlines, a move welcomed by the industry.
In a Monday letter to President Biden’s coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey D. Zients, a coalition of travel and tourism trade groups asked to work with the White House on federal guidelines for temporary “health records” for viruses that are safe and could be used consistently Check test results or vaccination status. Such guidelines could also bring benefits beyond aviation, they argued.
“It could encourage wider adoption of procedures for reviewing test and vaccination records, from sports arenas to restaurants, business meetings, theme parks and more,” the group wrote.
Ms Psaki said during Tuesday’s briefing that the Biden government welcomed “ideas from the private sector and nonprofits” on how people could prove they are vaccinated, but that “our focus from the federal government is on getting more people get vaccinated, and that’s where we can make the best use of our resources. ”
Currently, the Biden government requires people traveling to the United States from another country to submit a negative virus test. At some point this year, administration officials pondered a similar requirement for domestic travel, a measure the aviation industry had opposed, saying it was unnecessarily restrictive and would harm an already ailing sector. The CDC said in February that it is not recommending testing for domestic travel “at this point”.
Bryan Pietsch contributed to the reporting.