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    Airlines Plan COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Passports’ for International Travel

    Airlines Plan COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Passports’ for International Travel

    Cruise industry plans on being “docked” for foreseeable future.

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    The COVID-19 lockdowns have hard hit the travel industry.

    Now that vaccinations are completing late-stage trials and plans are being made for their distribution, airlines are now considering implementing ‘vaccination passports’ to jump-start their recovery.

    In Australia, the boss of Qantas, the country’s largest airline, said that once a virus vaccine becomes widely available, his carrier will likely require passengers use it before they can travel abroad or land in Australia.

    Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said he’s been talking to his counterparts at other airlines around the world about the possibility of a “vaccination passport” for international travelers.

    “We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travelers, that we will ask people to have the vaccination before they get on the aircraft,” Joyce told Australia’s Network Nine television.

    He said they were looking at ways to electronically verify that people have the necessary vaccine for their intended destination, a difficult task.

    “But certainly for international visitors coming out, and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” he said.

    In fact, the aviation industry is already developing a mobile app for passengers to show COVID-19 vaccinations and coronavirus status before travel.

    Global airline lobby IATA is working on a mobile app that will help travelers demonstrate their coronavirus-free status, joining a push to introduce so-called Covid passports as vaccines for the disease near approval.

    The Travel Pass will display test results together with proof of inoculation, as well as listing national entry rules and details on the nearest labs, the International Air Transport Association said Monday. The app will also link to an electronic copy of the holder’s passport to prove their identity.

    A test program will begin with British Airways parent IAG SA this year before arriving on Apple devices in the first quarter and Android from April, IATA said. Travelers will be able to share their status with border authorities or present a QR code for scanning.

    However, it appears the hard-hit cruise industry is docked until 2021 and plans to rely on COVD-testing and social distancing.

    Cruise lines are not expected to start sailing in the U.S. again until January 2021 at the earliest, taking away the financial boost of families traveling during the holidays.

    For cruise lines to start operations again, they will have to implement new requirements set in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Ships will be required to have coronavirus testing on board. The passengers will also be expected to participate in social distancing.

    “All ships are going to have an area for quarantining,” said Sinardi. “There will be more medical staff on board, a lot of sanitizing and limits in the elevators.”

    With these new requirements planned for cruise lines in the new year, Sinardi hopes to see the industry grow again.

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    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | November 25, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I hope that the airline industry, cruise industry, and any other industry requiring proof of vaccination goes under quickly. That goes for restaurants, stores, and the like. I refuse to wear a mask, and refuse to spend my money anywhere a mask is required. I have never taken a cruise, nor have I flown commercial since 2010.

    Papers please.

    I’m viewing this quite differently than most of the comments so far, and when the Coronavirus vaccine is available here, I plan on being in the line.

    Why?
    – I have two immune-compromised people living in my house.
    – Any Karen who huffs and puffs up to me afterward and screeches about me not having a mask, I can properly dismiss
    – Cruise ship tickets next March are *cheap* and I really expect the whole staff to have the shot too.
    – One word: Disneyland

    Really, the true joy in all of this will be the ability to say “F– off, I’ve had the Trump vaccine.”

    the hard-hit cruise industry is docked until 2021
    If they were smart, they would sell “Vaccine Cruises” where you get the vaccine and ride the open seas having fun for two weeks.


     
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    alohahola | November 26, 2020 at 12:34 am

    I guess they really want to go under now.

    Might as well repurpose the planes as submarines.

    Qantas really expects me to wear a mask for 17 hours flying to Australia? Why bother with this dog and pony show and just close Australia’s borders permanently?

    I’m refusing domestic air travel until they come to their senses and drop the mask requirement, I’m not wearing them for hours at a time. I can barely stand them for half an hour at the grocery store.


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