Australian airline Qantas proposed requiring vaccination cards for passengers, which would spark an angry public backlash
As countries grapple with the prospect of reopening their borders to international travel next year, controversy looms over whether airlines will provide proof of a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for passengers.
Last week, Alan Joyce, head of Australia’s Qantas airline, sparked an angry backlash after telling the country’s Nine Network that airlines around the world are debating whether to require vaccinations before boarding.
« We’re going to ask people to get vaccinated before they can get on the plane. . . We consider it a necessity for international visitors and people leaving the country, « he told the broadcaster about his own airline, which has lost around $ 2 billion this year.
He said passengers could carry an electronic version of a « vaccination record » that confirms that it is acceptable to the final destination country.
Mr Joyce previously indicated that vaccines could be the solution to revitalizing the global aviation industry after a hot year of travel restrictions that hurt profits and jobs.
Among those who criticized his proposal as draconian was the British travel agency Tradewinds Travel, which stated on its website that it would no longer offer Qantas flights.
We made a company’s decision today not to sell @Qantas flights, even with a code release, after it was announced that they would not be vaccinated or flight. There are far superior airlines with flights to #Australia
« We believe that physical autonomy in relation to medical interventions is a personal choice and does not have to be imposed by companies on people, » it said. “We are not against vaccination, but we are for choice. There is a big difference between coercion and free choice. ”
Alexandre de Juniac, director of the International Air Transport Association, told the Sydney Morning Herald that compulsory vaccination was a bit premature and stressed that testing was more critical.
However, the Asia-Pacific region, which has generally performed well against the pandemic, is unlikely to reopen its borders without strict precautionary measures.
Jill Chung, a spokeswoman for Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, said there is a real possibility that airlines will require passengers to be vaccinated as governments may require it as a condition of quarantining arrivals.
Mandatory health requirements for boarding an airplane and entering certain countries are not unprecedented. Some nations already require proof of yellow fever or polio vaccinations before travelers are allowed to fly in.
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