CDC Won’t Recommend Mandatory Covid Testing for Flights

By Kurt Stolz on 13 February 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would not ask airlines to make negative coronavirus tests for travelers on domestic flights mandatory.

In January, the CDC had said the idea was under consideration and it was brought up again by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in an interview last weekend.

“We are actively looking at it,” Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, in a call with reporters on January 27.

On Friday, the agency said it it was not contemplating the move.

“At this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel,” it said in a statement Friday, adding that it would “continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of Covid-19 in the travel space.”

Airline executives have in the interim come out against the idea.

The CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, called it “a horrible idea” in an interview with CNN.

Bastian told CNN that he believes that testing won’t keep domestic passengers safer, adding that it would set the travel industry’s recovery back by at least one more year.  He also said that such testing would divert approximately 10% of the country’s testing resources, using a figure based on the current one-million passenger a day average the industry has seen in recent weeks.

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