Source Title: the U.S. government’s plan to require domestic passengers to provide nucleic acid negative certificates has been collectively opposed by airlines
A senior official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that the U.S. government is considering whether to require passengers on flights in the United States to provide nucleic acid test negative reports before boarding, according to the U.S. consumer news and business channel.
As soon as the news came out, it was immediately opposed by major American Airlines and the American Tourist Association. Among them, Gary Kelly, chief executive of Southwest Airlines, said that if we choose to conduct large-scale nucleic acid testing for passengers on domestic flights, why not do the same for grocery stores, restaurants and sports events? People should also test before entering these places. The American Tourist Association said the program “doesn’t work” because the ability of nucleic acid testing varies greatly across the United States. In order to contain novel coronavirus pneumonia, travel restrictions all over the country have caused huge losses to major airlines in the United States. Once domestic travelers are required to provide nucleic acid test negative reports, many airlines worry that their losses will be aggravated.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia is reported to be one of the most severely hit industries in the US. Among them, the US aviation industry lost nearly $34 billion last year. Delta Airlines and American airlines have reported record annual losses, and Southwest Airlines has recorded its first annual loss since 1972. (CCTV reporter Xu Zhen)