Could COVID-free travel be in our future?
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – If passed, a new bill could require airline passengers to prove they are COVID-free before crossing the country. The proposal comes just as the state announced its pilot travel testing program which Utah Governor Spencer Cox hopes will facilitate access to one of three COVID-19 tests required by some countries. .
The US Air Travel Public Safety Act, introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, would require all U.S. passengers to be fully vaccinated, fully recovered, or tested negative for the coronavirus before boarding a domestic flight.
In the press release, Feinstein said air travel during the holidays contributed to the winter outbreak of COVID-19.
â€œEnsuring that air travelers protect themselves and their destination communities from this disease is critical to avert the next wave,â€ she wrote in a statement.
“What we’re trying to do is make it as easy for people to travel as possible, to have everything in one place,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said at the monthly press conference Thursday.
Governor Cox announced that Utah will participate in a test-to-travel pilot program aimed at creating easier access for travelers from Utah to places requiring specific testing at an internationally recognized site.
â€œWe heard from people who said they could only find a test site or a test location and had to travel to Las Vegas to get tested, then come back and get on a plane. “, did he declare.
As more places impose restrictions on travelers, will Utah do the same?
â€œI don’t expect Utah to do something similar. I think what we’ll do as a nation is make most of these decisions, â€Governor Cox said. “Now Hawaii and others are in a little different situation. Now we have requirements for travelers to the United States to have some of these tests.”
In a mid-September interview, White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said he supported vaccination mandates for domestic flights, but the US Travel Association said there was opposed.
“Such a policy would have an unfair and negative impact on families with young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination,” wrote a spokesperson for the Association.
This legislation builds on current CDC requirements that all air passengers traveling to the United States from a foreign country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from the virus.