Insider Report 1/28/2021

This week, we bring you news on the President's Executive Order on Travel as well as the Travel Industry's response, our top five airline stories from the week, and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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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

     As of January 26th, international travelers coming to the U.S. are required to show proof of a recent negative COVID test.  This requirement may expand to U.S. domestic flights as well.  The CDC is in discussion with the airlines on if and/or how such a requirement could be put into place.  
    Meanwhile, the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has already taken it upon themselves to add COVID-19 screening to their security procedures.  Cedar Rapids is the first U.S. airport to require the screening.  While the process does not include testing for all travelers transiting through the airport, anyone who does not clear the initial check of health-related questions and temperature screening, or has been exposed to the virus, will then be required to take a rapid test.
 
 

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly ‘Top 5 Airline Updates’ below!
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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.

 

 

 
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 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.  

 

 
Image Source: American Airlines
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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.
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