Delta CEO slams proposed negative COVID-19 test requirement for domestic flights as a 'horrible idea'
- US officials are considering requiring a negative
COVID-19 testresult for domestic flights.
TSArequires domestic travelers to mask up.
- International travelers headed to the US are already required to show a negative
"What I can tell you is that it's going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out," Buttigieg said. "The safer we can make air
When asked about Buttigieg's comment at a White House press briefing on Monday,
"There's more gathering that happens in airports, so to the extent that we have available tests, to be able to do testing ... would be yet another mitigation measure to try and decrease the spread," Walensky said.
The US Department of
Not everyone is receptive to the idea. Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines' CEO, told CNN on Tuesday that the possibility of such a mandate is a "horrible idea" that could take "10% of testing resources" away from sick people.
"Travel domestically in the air transportation system is the safest form of transportation," Bastian told CNN. "Incidents of spread aboard any of our planes is absolutely minimal."
Bastian also says the potential testing protocol will not keep domestic travelers safer but would be a "logistical nightmare" that could set transportation, travel, and hospitality industries back "at least another year in the recovery."
The US already requires a negative COVID-19 test result from all international travelers, a mandate that was officially implemented on January 26. In response, major hotel chains like Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton have started offering on-site virus tests at several international locations.
"Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19," the CDC said in an email statement sent to Insider on January 12. "This [negative test result from international travelers] strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans."
In terms of coronavirus-related mandates for domestic travelers, the Transportation Security Administration is now requiring travelers to wear face masks at TSA checkpoints and during travel. Those who do not comply could be fined between $250 to $1,500.
This TSA mandate came after Biden signed an executive order on January 22 requiring travelers to wear masks on
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