Would You Fly If Covid-19 Vaccination is a Requirement?
For people that love to travel, 2020 has been a challenging year. With COVID-19 around, travel bans and complicated entry requirements, it is difficult to plan any type of travel right now for most people. But what if you could only travel if you are vaccinated against COVID-19?
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline is planning just that. The Australian flag carrier’s boss said that passengers traveling internationally will be required to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 after the vaccinations become available to the public. The news was revealed in an interview with Australian broadcaster 9 Network. Joyce said the company is looking to change its terms and conditions to ensure travelers get vaccinated before getting on the aircraft.
“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” he said, as per BBC. “We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft… for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that’s a necessity,” he added.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the body representing airlines globally, also announced Monday that a digital health pass could be available in 2021. This pass could include passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccine information and it’s considered an important tool for the “safe reopening of borders.”
A spokesperson for Airlines for America, an industry trade group that represents major North American airlines, told CBS News in a statement that they’re “committed to restoring service in a manner that prioritizes safety and wellbeing of our passengers and employees.” They didn’t comment on the possibility of requiring proof of vaccination for passengers.
Requiring passengers to get vaccinated before they can fly will sure raise some problems. First, the the logistical issues and then the enforcement of the rules. We already saw multiple incidents in recent months when mask requirements were put in place.