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Title: Rand Paul: A coronavirus testing mandate for domestic flights would devastate airline industry
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URL Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ ... tic-flights-devastate-airlines
Published: Jan 30, 2021
Author: Carly Roman, Associate News Editor
Post Date: 2021-01-30 10:33:32 by Ada
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Views: 35
Comments: 4

A Republican senator said a COVID-19 testing requirement for domestic flights proposed by President Biden's administration would cause irreparable damage to the travel industry.

"What they're going to do ... is they're going to have everyone flying domestically is going to have to get tested before you get on plane, before you get back on a plane. You talk about devastating the airline industry," Sen. Rand Paul said Friday on Fox News.

The Kentucky Republican argued that the possible mandate, broached by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is at odds with the data due to the inefficacy of the rapid response test for those not experiencing symptoms.

"The Biden administration and these nuts he has over there on his virus group, [if] they really want to kill America, [then they can] try to make us test twice or twice a week or three time a week or four times a week, realizing also that the science isn't there," Paul said. "If you have no symptoms and you get a rapid [response coronavirus] test, you know what the error rate is? Thirty to 40% error rate if you have no symptoms on the rapid test. It's a worthless test."

The Biden administration proposal would mandate air travelers to demonstrate proof of negative COVID-19 tests prior to domestic travel. The proposal was applauded by Marty Cetron, the director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the CDC. "I think this is a really important part of our toolkit to combat this pandemic," he said Tuesday.

The travel industry has suffered a massive blow due to the reluctance to travel amid the pandemic.

Recently available data suggest that tourism in California was halved in 2020, a $66 billion loss, and the Transportation Security Administration announced on Jan. 4 that 500 million fewer people flew in 2020. The TSA also said it expects travel rates to remain low throughout 2021, causing further harm to an already devastated industry.

"[The TSA] expects volume will remain well below pre-pandemic levels through most of 2021," the agency said.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

A coronavirus testing mandate for domestic flights would devastate airline industry

This is simply more hoops to jump thru besides putting up with groping TSA agents.

I am so happy I do not fly. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-01-30   12:04:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Ada (#0)

Hope he's right -- doubt it would deter that many fliers. Are all the airlines requiring Covid-free cert to get on and masks during flite?

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NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-30   12:46:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: NeoconsNailed (#2)

doubt it would deter that many fliers

The government's taking the fun out of flying has definitely deterred me from doing so since 2001. Haven't flown for any non-business purpose since, and have limited even business travel to the bare minimum. Wouldn't fly now for any reason, as I don't need the business any more. Those whose jobs require flying will no matter what.

What I find strange is that it's not just gov who makes flying so onerous nowadays; -- the airlines themselves treat their customers like bothersome peasants.

The more layers of stupidity and humiliation they pile on, the more people will boycott them. Maybe another 1.5% of flyers will quit if they start requiring verification of monthly vaccination and a pre- flight anal swab?

StraitGate  posted on  2021-01-30   19:32:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: StraitGate (#3)

Knowing what stupid spineless idiots the sheeple are, the further restrixions will prolly thrill them.

Most people are inwardly just dying for somebody to tell them what to do and make them do it -- natural in a way on a crazy, mixt-up planet like this.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-01-30   21:10:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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