So far, the White House has resisted calls for broad vaccine mandates outside of government jobs, preferring to let CEOs lead the charge. But given the myriad complications and the industry’s role in interstate commerce, it’s unlikely the airlines will act of their own accord to require negative Covid tests or proof of vaccination to use their services. This is ultimately a government issue and the U.S.’s reluctance to enforce health checks for transportation increasingly puts it at odds with allies. Canada has said it plans to require commercial air travelers to show proof of vaccination. Starting Sept. 1, Italy will require passengers to prove they either have been vaccinated with at least one dose, recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months or have tested negative within the past 48 hours before they board domestic flights, long-distance trains and certain ferries. France also requires a health pass for domestic flights and long-distance trains, as well as restaurants and museums.
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