It’s a scary world when “vaccine passports” and mandatory shots become the norm just to travel. So much for body autonomy, am I right?
According to Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian, some sort of vaccine passport will be required for overseas flights. However, he added, it won’t be required for U.S. domestic flights.
Bastian told NBC host Lester Holt, “I don't see that happening in the U.S, but I think internationally that's probably going to be a requirement.”
Bastian also tells Holt that Delta will block middle seats until the end of April and that the company is 'not ready to make' a decision on selling them again. But he explained: 'We're going to sell it once people continue to gain confidence in travel, we'll have no choice but to sell and give them the opportunity to sit in the middle seat.'
On the future of mask mandates, Bastian says: 'Once the virus is in a contained form, you're probably going to still see some customers wearing masks.
Bastian said, “But I hope once we're confident as a society that we've conquered this virus, that we'll be able to return to life as we knew it and that will include being able to fly safely on planes without having to wear masks.”
He continued, 'There's not a safer form of transportation you'll find than in our airplanes with our [hospital-grade] Hepa filtration systems, enforcement of masks, middle seats being blocked, space aboard.”
“Our team's doing a great job,” Bastian added. “We're proud of the work they've done and confidence is being restored, but I do appreciate the anxiety, and you see it even with road warriors, as they get back out for the first time into the airports and in the skies.”
On the future of business travel, he says it will come back, but the recovery will lag behind that of leisure travel by a year or two.
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