White House Confirms No Current Plans For Domestic Flight Restrictions
We have good news to share this morning if you are planning a Walt Disney World trip! Reuters is reporting that today The White House confirmed that they are not currently considering any new domestic flight restrictions in response to the coronavirus. This news comes a day before the White House is to sit down with airline chief executives.
From Reuters on the possible White House Domestic Flight Restrictions:
“No decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would change domestic travel,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a briefing.
Earlier, the White House told Reuters “the administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration.”
Many Americans (and airlines) have been concerned about the possibility of heavier travel restrictions being imposed on domestic flights after a previous Reuters report last month. They quoted a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official saying that the Biden administration is “actively looking” at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on U.S. domestic flights.
On January 26, 2021 a CDC Order went into effect requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs. They also needed to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
The airline industry has been strongly opposing a mandate requiring COVID-19 testing before boarding domestic flights. They are meeting with the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator virtually tomorrow to discuss these issues.
White House Domestic Flight Restriction Credit: Reuters
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