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President Biden Issues Executive Order on Travel; Travel Industry Reacts
On January 21st, the White House released the “Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The order instructed agencies, including the FAA and TSA, to take immediate action to require-mask wearing throughout most forms of transportation. Masks that are worn in compliance with CDC guidelines are to be required in airports, commercial aircrafts, trains, public maritime vessels, intercity bus services, and all forms of public transportation.
As for international travel requirements, the President’s Executive Order also requires travelers entering the U.S. to provide proof of a recent COVID test prior to entry and requires travelers to comply with other CDC guidelines including self-quarantine or isolation.
Most major travel industry organizations are in support of the mask mandate, but have concerns over quarantine periods for international travelers.
The U.S. Travel Association is in favor of the testing requirement, but feels that quarantine is not necessary in light of a negative test and many other protective measures. Airlines for America (A4A) echoed this position, stating the following:
“We remain hopeful that this announcement will be followed by a recognition that testing can be used to safely resume travel without quarantines, which are difficult to enforce and often prove ineffective.”
Testing for U.S. Domestic Travel Could Become a Requirement
Delta Tool Helps Customers Find Approved Testing
Delta aims to help travelers around the world find approved testing sites for travel into the U.S. and other destinations.
Southwest is Last to Ban Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals are no longer “free to roam about the cabin” on Southwest Airlines, making them the last U.S. airline to ban Emotional Support Animals on their flights.
New Airline Comes to Indianapolis
The Indianapolis International Airport will welcome Sun Country Air on May 28th, with twice weekly nonstop flights to Minneapolis.
American Airlines Launches Wine Delivery
As many airlines have reduced or stopped serving alcohol on flights, American Airlines has found a way to stop the “wine-ing” about it! The airline now offers a subscription service of wine delivered straight to your home.
United CEO Wants Mandatory Vaccines for Employees
United Airlines CEO, Scott Kirby, has announced that they are considering making the COVID vaccine mandatory for all airline employees and feels this is “the right thing to do.”
Now Open in Travel
New Opening for U.S. Travelers:
- Montenegro: Open to Canadians and Americans as of January 12, 2021. No test required.