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Dr. Fauci: Expect cruise lines and airlines to require proof of vaccination before you can travel

In the absence of federally mandated vaccine passports, Dr. Anthony Fauci expects multiple U.S businesses to impose their own requirements for customers to show proof of vaccination to receive service.

Fauci, the White House’s top medical adviser, said Thursday that businesses like airlines and cruise ships will likely require customers to show proof of receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine before being allowed on board. He also noted that several universities have already begun requiring students to be vaccinated before returning to campus this fall.

“There are organizations, particularly universities and colleges who are saying, not withstanding what the federal government is requiring, if you want to come into campus and be in in-person learning, you’re going to have to show proof of vaccination,” Fauci said at a Bloomberg Businessweek conference.

“Cruise ships will likely be doing that. Airlines will likely be doing that. So you’re going to have at, a local, independent-level, things that the federal government is not going to be mandating,” he added.

The Biden administration said in March that there will be no federal mandate requiring people to show proof of vaccination to enter public spaces and no centralized, universal federal vaccinations database. The White House is instead leaving it up to the private sector to determine how businesses should fully reopen as more Americans become vaccinated against COVID-19 and the government’s health restrictions are eased.

The adoption of vaccine passports, which have proved controversial, has so far been decentralized. Some MLB and NBA sports teams, for example, are requiring fans to use an app called Health Pass to provide digital proof that they have gotten their COVID-19 shots before they can enter stadiums to attend games.

But some states are limiting the use of vaccine passports, or outright banning them. Texas and Florida were among the first states to ban government agencies and private businesses from requiring vaccine passports for service. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the passports “would create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.” Arizona, Utah, and more states followed suit with legislation limiting the use of vaccine passports, though in some cases private businesses are allowed to create their own policies.

Though last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance stating individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face coverings, the CDC still requires those traveling on planes, buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation to wear masks over their nose and mouth. The CDC also advices Americans to obey local coronavirus restrictions or those imposed by individual businesses.

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Not again! Passengers physically attack Spirit Airlines employees who asked them to, um, make sure carry-ons are right size

We got spirit, yes we do! We got spirit — how ’bout you?

Spirit Airlines appears to be having quite the struggle with some its passengers of late.

What’s been happening?

Let’s see now:

Now what?

Well, we can add another donnybrook to the Spirit ledger. Video caught three passengers attacking two Spirit Airlines employees who asked them to — drum roll, please — make sure their carry-on bags were the right size before boarding their Sunday flight from Detroit to Atlanta, the New York Post reported.

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

Both airline agents were injured, and one was taken to a hospital, Spirit spokesman Field Sutton told the paper in an email regarding the incident inside Detroit Metro Airport.

“The agents asked the group to verify that their carry-on bags were sized appropriately for the aircraft prior to boarding, at which time the passengers became combative,” Sutton told the Post.

He added to the paper that “the agents attempted to calmly defuse the situation but were physically assaulted by these passengers as they closed a door to stop them from boarding the aircraft.”

What happened to the passengers in question?

Two of the passengers were arrested, and the third was cited and released, the Post said, citing Spirit Airlines.

“All of us at Spirit wish the agents a speedy recovery and thank them for their courage and professionalism. We also thank law enforcement for responding quickly and arresting those involved in the attack,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement, according to the paper. “This violent behavior is completely unacceptable and has absolutely no place in airports or any other place of business. We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind, and these passengers will be banned from any future travel with Spirit.”

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FAA announces ‘zero-tolerance’ crackdown on unruly passengers: No more warnings; expect big fines and possible jail time

We have all heard horror stories of unruly airline passengers making life miserable for hundreds of fellow passengers.

Flyers will fight with each other or with airline staff. And things have reportedly gotten much worse with the airlines’ adoption of mask mandates and the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In response to increasing unruliness among passengers, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order this week designed to crack down on travelers’ bad behavior.

What’s the deal with the new FAA order?

The new order signed by FAA chief Stephen Dickson on Wednesday empowers airlines to implement a no-nonsense, “stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers,” the agency said in a statement.

According to the FAA, the airline industry “has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior.” The agency said the incidents partly stemmed from customers’ refusal to wear face masks during the pandemic and from the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol.

For example, air travel news site GateChecked.com reported that “almost 3,000 passengers have been put on temporary no-fly lists as a result of failing to wear masks on board. Tensions have risen due to the Capitol Hill riot, even resulting in an American Airlines pilot ‘threatening’ to dump passengers in Kansas if they don’t ‘behave.'”

The new policy scraps the warnings and counseling the agency has historically used to deal with unruly passengers. The FAA will now “pursue legal enforcement action” against anyone who gets out of line. Actions include massive fines and possible jail time.

“Passengers who interfere with, physically assault, or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment,” the FAA statement said. “This dangerous behavior can distract, disrupt, and threaten crewmembers’ safety functions.”

The agency highlighted that, though it does not have the power to criminally charge passengers, it “works closely with federal law enforcement and national security partners on any reported security threats that may impact aviation safety.”

Dickson told CNBC on Thursday that the “zero-tolerance” policy was prompted by a surprising increase in the number of disruptions.

“This is about flight safety,” he said. “Any time we see a trend like this, we need to take action, because traveling on a commercial airline in the United States is the safest form of travel in human history. And I want to make sure it stays that way.”

Dickson admitted that in the past the FAA would adjudicate many of the unruly passenger situations with counseling or warnings, but he said that “with this order … I’m telling my inspectors, I’m telling my attorneys in the FAA chief counsel office that we need to expedite gathering the facts on all of these, and we’re going to take immediate enforcement action in appropriate situations.”

“That’s what we mean by a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy,” he said.

Folks in the airline industry heaped praise on the FAA’s move.

Airlines for America, the trade organization for airlines in the U.S., said in a tweet, “The safety and security of passengers and employees is the top priority of the U.S. airline industry, and we welcome the @FAANews’ order to implement a more stringent policy regarding unruly passenger behavior.”

“First strike and you’re out,” Sara Nelson, the head of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said, ABC News reported. “We applaud FAA Administrator Dickson for taking this clear stand for our safety and security. This will help serve as a deterrent to unruly passengers who had been bucking the rules of aviation safety. We continue to work with our airlines, the FAA, the TSA and law enforcement to keep our skies safe.”

The new FAA order will be in place until March 30.

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Airline industry pushes ‘digital passport’ to track whether you have COVID-19 vaccine before flying

Once the coronavirus vaccine is widely distributed, you may not be able to fly on commercial airlines without first having been inoculated if some in the airline industry have their way.

The news comes as the first doses of vaccine will likely be distributed this month, as multiple pharmaceutical manufactures have announced effective vaccines.

What are the details?

Airline industry leaders are reportedly exploring the implementation of a “digital passport,” which would provide airlines with health information on passengers, including whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The International Air Transport Association announced last week that it is in the final stages of developing what it hopes is “universally accepted documentation” to track passenger health information, The Hill reported.

The so-called “travel pass” will “manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travelers,” the IATA said in an announcement.

“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements,” IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.

IATA senior vice president Nick Careen added, “Our main priority is to get people traveling again safely. In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program.”

What are airlines doing?

At least one airline, Australian-based Qantas Airways, has said it will require passengers to prove their COVID-19 vaccination before traveling internationally.

“Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market. But certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce explained.

In fact, Joyce predicted that vaccination requirements will be commonplace in the entire industry.

“I think it will be a common theme, talking to my colleagues in other airlines across the world,” he said.

Are there dangers with digital passports?

Privacy International, the London-based privacy rights advocacy organization, is warning about the dangers of digital passports.

“Proponents of immunity passports do not yet know the extent of the problem they are solving,” the organization warns. “Companies selling their pre-existing digital identity solutions should be viewed with suspicion; this is not a problem that has been ‘solved’ as we have yet to define what the problem is.”

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Qantas airlines says if you don’t have a COVID vaccination, you probably won’t be able to fly

International travelers likely will not be permitted to fly Qantas airlines if those travelers do not get a coronavirus vaccine when available, according to various reports.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from the New York Times, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that the airline will likely require its passengers to show proof of coronavirus vaccine when the time comes in order to travel internationally.

Joyce made the announcement during a Monday interview.

“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 said.

He added that he is looking for ways to electronically verify that aircraft passengers have received the vaccination before being able to embark on an international flight.

“We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft,” he insisted. “Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market. But certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”

According to Fox News, Air New Zealand and Korean Air are both considering similar mandates for international travel.

The BBC also reported that Joyce said such a move would be necessary in a COVID-19 world.

“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” he explained.

In August, Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was likely that successful vaccines would be as mandatory as possible.

“There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis,” he said of any effective inoculations.

On Monday, the International Air Transport Association said that the key to reopening borders across the world could lie in a “digital health pass” that may include vaccination information.

“Today borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said in a statement.

“The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements,” he added. “That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass. We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation.”

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WE’RE COOKING NOW: SILVER UP 172% – GAME. SET. MATCH!

This article was contributed by Tom Beck with Portfolio Wealth Global. 

For the past few days, I’ve been spending MANY HOURS attempting to understand what the rest of 2020 holds for Covid-19 and the western world’s response to it.

As you can see, CONTRARY TO MEDIA fearmongering, which has been stupidly out of proportion, we are in a much better place than with the Spanish Flu of 1918.

CEOs of companies, whom I’ve listened to, from 3M to Starbucks, Delta Airlines, Blackstone, Blackrock, and others, are all showing TREMENDOUS RESILIENCE. For example, Delta airplanes now have cleaner air on its flights than we have in our homes, offices, and grocery stores.

No country wants to STAY BEHIND in the race to get their respective societies on their feet.

Covid-19 in the western world is not going to vanish anytime soon. I personally DESPISE UNPROVEN vaccines and any corporate injection into my body, so I’ll resist that as long as I can. But because western democracies are not designed to be locked-up like dictatorial regimes, where the citizens can’t fight the beastly government, “discipline” is much more of a loose term in the west. This means that while the Chinese can put a whole city on total lockdown, even shutting it for months on end, it WILL NEVER HAPPEN in Europe or the USA.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com, Deutsche Bank

Americans want their lives back!

As opposed to the Chinese, Americans believe in FIGURING THINGS OUT on the go, while maintaining their liberty.

Nothing is more important than these rights in the North American culture.

Incredible opportunities are ahead of us, originating from the changes that are coming.

People are rethinking important matters and correcting their course:

  1. Health: This crisis has ALERTED EVERYONE to the importance of nutrition, exercise, sleep, rest, and recreational activities. We will see INCREDIBLE DEALS in meat replacement companies, for example.
  2. Savings: Many realized how FRAGILE their financial positions are when a crisis hits. People will look at ways to cut back.
  3. Work Environment: Not everything can be done from home and not everything SHOULD BE done from home, but there will be many more who will have home offices.

This will require better cybersecurity, cloud services, online communications, and other ventures to meet the changing workplace.

Office space isn’t going away, though. It will have to evolve, though.

  1. Family: Many either lost a loved one or believed there was a chance of that happening. Families will grow closer from this crisis, as we see it.

We will not STOP TRAVELING; that much I can say. After 9/11, I remember New-Yorkers saying that no one would fly anymore or work in a skyscraper. Everyone looked suspicious, for a while, but the world MOVES ON and it will from this.

Europe was a battleground for centuries. The French and Germans killed each other over territory for as long as the continent has existed. Today, the borders are friendly and inviting.

Israelis love vacationing in Berlin, eighty years after WW2; things evolve, people want to put the past behind and live fully.

Find your place in this new and exciting time; MILLIONAIRES WILL BE MADE!

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Weeks after getting a $5 billion bailout from the government, United Airlines is cutting worker schedules and threatening layoffs

United Airlines is facing criticism after a leaked memo from Chief Operating Officer Greg Hart encouraged employees to take voluntary severance packages and warned that layoffs were coming as soon as Oct. 1. The airline also rankled employees and the public by cutting around 15,000 employees from full-time to part-time schedules.

According to the memo, which was first published by CNN, Hart warned United employees that the company would need to “right size” its workforce as soon as Oct. 1. In light of that, he encouraged employees to consider if they wanted to take a “voluntary separation” from the company, that would presumably include some measure of severance pay.

The memo stated, “We recognize that this is painful news, but it provides what we believe is the most accurate assessment of what lies ahead for our company.” The memo also claimed that the company’s high-level corporate officers are taking pay cuts or foregoing their pay entirely at present.

Under the terms of the CARES Act, the company is precluded from laying off employees for at least six months, but United was clear with its employees that layoffs would likely begin on October 1. The memo stated that at least 3,400 management and administrative positions would be cut, and that potentially as many as 30% of all pilots could face layoffs.

United posted a net loss last quarter of $1.7 billion.

Airlines have been hit particularly hard from the lockdowns imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as the market for air travel has essentially evaporated. United has announced that it will cancel 90% of its travel schedule for May and June.

Also, according to an email obtained by the Daily Beast, United told some 15,000 employees on Friday that they would have their status reduced to part-time. The company claims that the hourly cuts are in full compliance with the provisions of the [Collective Bargaining Agreement] and the CARES Act.” However, some of the unions whose members comprise United’s workforce have stated their belief that these cuts are, in fact, a violation of the law.

United, of course, is not alone. Delta Air Lines and JetBlue also announced schedule cuts last week after having received government bailout funds.

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Five major U.S. airlines to require all passengers to wear masks

Five of America’s largest airlines announced this week that they will require all passengers to wear masks during travel, as pressure mounts from unions and Senate Democrats for the federal government to issue a mandate requiring that facial coverings be worn by everyone on any U.S. flight.

What are the details?

As many states start to reopen for business and travel following weeks of coronavirus lockdowns, carriers are implementing social distancing and safety measures as Americans begin returning to the skies.

ABC News reported that on Monday, JetBlue became the first major airline in the U.S. to announce all its passengers “must wear a covering over their nose and mouth throughout their journey…including during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning.”

On Thursday, Delta, American, United, and Frontier airlines all joined JetBlue in implementing separate policies requiring passengers to wear masks. According to
Politico, “so far, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is the lone holdout among the nation’s biggest airlines.”

In a separate report,
ABC News noted that Democratic Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) on Wednesday “sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging them to ‘immediately issue a rule requiring face masks for all individuals engaged in air travel.”

Sen. Markey tweeted Thursday, “Every person who flies during #COVID19 should be *required* to wear a face mask during the flight. We cannot rely on individual airlines’ policies. @SenBlumenthal and I are demanding the Trump admin issue a nationwide rule to protect the crew, passengers, and the public.”

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Airlines received $25B in coronavirus aid — and are asking for more. But most of them are refusing to refund $10B in ticket purchases to customers, senators say.

Domestic airlines received a $25 billion bailout in Congress’ “Phase 3” coronavirus relief package — and they’re asking for more. To be sure, airlines have taken a serious hit during these times of social distancing and lockdowns. But what about their customers?

A group of senators revealed Friday that most major U.S. airlines that received coronavirus aid “still refuse” to refund about $10 billion to customers whose travel plans changed or were canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, those airlines are holding on to customers’ cash and issuing credits instead, Nextgov reported.

What are the details?

Federal law requires that airlines offer full refunds if the company cancels a flight, but travelers who cancel their own flights receive airline credits.

That includes customers who cancel because of the coronavirus crisis.

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.) sent letters on March 31 to 11 major domestic airlines and demanded that those companies issue cash refunds to all customers who cancel their flights during the pandemic.

The letters were sent to Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and United Airlines, and asked the airlines to respond to the following questions:

  • What is the estimated total value of all travel vouchers and credits you have issued during the coronavirus pandemic?
  • What is the estimated total number of flights that your airline cancelled during the COVID-19 crisis, including flights cancelled due to travel restrictions implemented by countries globally?
  • Will your airline commit to providing full cash refunds to travelers who cancel their flights during the coronavirus outbreak, including refunds in lieu of travel credits to those who have already received but not used those credits during this pandemic?
  • Will your airline commit to providing full cash refunds to any travelers who experienced flight cancellations due to COVID-19 travel restrictions implemented globally?
  • Will your airline commit to working with the State Department to expedite commercial flights – at an affordable price – for all Americans who remain stranded abroad?

According to the senators, only two airlines — Allegiant and Spirit — said they were offering refunds to customers who canceled their own flights due to the coronavirus.

Of the other nine airlines, only JetBlue revealed the total value of travel credits and vouchers it had issued during the pandemic. The airline said that it issued more than $20 million per day of travel credits during the early weeks of March.

Nextgov reported:

In their response letters to the lawmakers, most companies outlined how the pandemic is depleting their funds. JetBlue, for example, said in March 2019 a typical day would have meant about $22 million made from booking and fees, but this March the company was “taking in an average of less than $4 million per day while also issuing over $20 million per day of credits to customers.” The company called it a “stunning shift and clearly insufficient revenue to come anywhere close to covering [its] daily expenses.”

Using the data from JetBlue and “[b]ased on JetBlue’s 5.5 percent share of the domestic market, and assuming a similar trend throughout the industry over the last month,” the senators extrapolated that “this figure could mean that the airlines are sitting on more than $10 billion in customer cash.”

“If airlines dispute this exact figure, the Senators welcome more information from each company, which know exactly how much of their customers’ money they are currently holding onto in the form of travel vouchers. Most airlines have refused to share this information to date,” the lawmakers said.

‘Bogus’ claim by the airlines

Consumer Reports’ aviation adviser Bill McGee said airlines’ claim that they don’t have the funds to issue cash refunds is “bogus,” Nextgov reported, adding that the domestic airline industry has scored “record profits” in recent years.

McGee told the outlet:

We’re not ignoring the fact that the airlines are, you know, in bad financial shape right now because so many people are not flying. We get that. But the fact is, the answer to their financial problems is not to withhold funds from consumers who should be getting refunds. They need to find another way.

McGee also said it’s “unacceptable” that the airlines are taking tax dollars for the crisis but refusing to offer refunds and noted that the airlines could have purchased pandemic insurance but none of them did so. More from Nextgov (emphasis added):

McGee said that the current voucher vs. cash refund debacle has been an issue for years now, but it’s become “chronic” in the national emergency over the last six or so weeks. “We were not happy with airline refund policies before, but this is just unacceptable,” he said. Regarding the companies’ recent bailout, he also called it unacceptable that airlines are “accepting money from taxpayers and on the other hand, they’re withholding refunds.” Further, McGee also made it a point to note that before the latest health crisis, “none of the U.S. airlines invested in” pandemic insurance, though such products have been on the market.

Consumer Reports launched a petition urging airlines to give cash refunds “to any customer who had a flight cancelled, or elected to cancel a flight, due to COVID-19. Vouchers for future flights are insufficient since no one knows when regular travel will resume, and some consumers will not be flying at all.”

The petition currently has more than 43,000 signatures.

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