White House Debates New Air Travel Mandates

White House Debates New Air Travel Mandates

(TruthandLiberty.com) – For nine months, the Biden administration said it wouldn’t seek to implement COVID-19 vaccination requirements. On September 9, President Biden changed his mind and said a new employer vaccination requirement would be forthcoming. Now, it appears the administration is deliberating on how far it wants to take the mandate.

Some officials want to include confirming a vaccination status to board airplanes. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would support the move.

The federal government currently requires a face covering when traveling on aircraft. While the White House believes the public broadly supports vaccination mandates, some people view imposing a vaccination mandate on air travelers as a form of more government overreach. However, on Thursday, September 16, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that an airline vaccination mandate isn’t off the table. White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, said they’re weighing the mandates against other COVID-related burdens that businesses and individuals currently face.

If the administration forces TSA to implement the mandate, it could significantly slow down the security check-in process and cause long lines and delays for travelers at airports. Klain added that it makes the most sense to mandate vaccinations in workplaces because people are in a permanent situation at work. The military, where officials verify vaccination status once, is another good candidate.

Even Klain says nothing is off the table — but do Americans really need mandates to get vaccinated? Where does one draw the line between reasonable action and abuse of power?

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