White House Says No Covid Testing For Domestic Flights
After meeting with several industry executives, lawmakers and union representatives the White House has come out and said they have no plans to require covid testing for domestic flights. It was something that has been thrown out there by the CDC but it seems that many people were against the idea, including Delta’s CEO (unsurprisingly).
After todays meeting this is what White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on the matter:
“reports that there is an intention to put in place new requirements, such as testing, are not accurate.”
This was up in the air over the last few weeks after the CDC had said that the option to require testing before flying was on the table. And it came on the heels of them requiring a negative test to enter the US on January 26th.
Obviously, airlines and other travel related industries were strongly opposed to adding this requirement. They feared that it would torpedo an already struggling industry and would cost people even more jobs.
It should be noted that no official CDC order on the matter was ever written up or proposed. If the CDC were to propose an order for required testing it would need to be reviewed by the White House, as well as, other federal agencies.
With the White House coming out and saying that they are not in support of that measure, at least at this time, means it is unlikely that they would go down that road. As we have seen during this pandemic that could change at any point though. Nothing is ever set in stone these days.