Delta CEO Calls Mandatory Covid Testing for Flights ‘A Horrible Idea’

By Paul Riegler on 9 February 2021
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The CEO of Delta Air Lines spoke out against the idea of requiring mandatory coronavirus tests for passengers on domestic flights in the United States on Tuesday.

“I think it would be a horrible idea for a lot of reasons,” Ed Bastian told a reporter on CNN in the course of an interview.

Bastian, who also discussed Delta’s promise to continue to block middle seats in coach on its aircraft as well as the company’s employee vaccination program, is one of many executives in the travel industry coming out against the idea.

The CEO of the world’s second largest airline 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.

Before the pandemic, Delta operated some 5,400 flights daily, and served 325 destinations in 52 countries.

Taking testing away from those “truly in need” would be a “terrible decision,” he said, adding that the entire process would be a “logistical nightmare” given inevitable delays in the processing of testing results.

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