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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Florida judge's ruling striking down a federal mask mandate on transit is causing some confusion among travelers.Chicago transit officials from CTA, Metra and the Department of Aviation said they will continue to require masks.The judge ruled that "the mask mandate exceeds the CDC's statutory authority."The ruling came as airlines lobby for an end to the mandate, which had recently been extended to May 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing the effectiveness of its air filtration systems and the stress on flight attendants who have had to enforce the rule.Though the CDC still recommends masks be worn, TSA will no longer enforce the practice."And on top of that, she said that it was arbitrary in reaching its decision. And it didn't give sufficient reasoning for its decision, so she really hit this mandate in multiple different ways," ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer said."We are not making any immediate changes to the mask requirement while we assess the situation," Metra officials said in a statement after the ruling.South Shore Line initially said it would...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced Monday, Oct. 1 its employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or be approved for a religious, medical, or disability accommodation, by Dec. 8, 2021, to continue employment with the airline. The airline said it came to the decision after completing a thorough review of President Biden’s COVID Action Plan and determined that the carrier’s contracts with the U.S. government require full compliance with the federal vaccination directive. “Southwest Airlines must join our industry peers in complying with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination directive,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO. “I encourage all Southwest Employees to meet the federal directive, as quickly as possible, since we value every individual and want to ensure job security for all.” Fort Worth-based American Airlines also requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
    CHICAGO -- American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to require the shots.The airlines provide special flights, cargo hauling and other services for the government. The companies say that makes them government contractors who are covered by President Joe Biden's order directing contractors to require that employees be vaccinated.American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told employees late Friday that the airline is still working on details, but "it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines."The pilot union at American recently estimated that 4,200 - or 30% - of the airline's pilots are not vaccinated.Earlier, White House coronavirus adviser Jeffrey Zients talked to the CEOs of American, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines about vaccine mandates, according to three people familiar with the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the calls were private.Airlines are large employers that fall under Biden's sweeping order that companies with more...
    American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to require the shots. The airlines provide special flights, cargo hauling and other services for the government. The companies say that makes them government contractors who are covered by President Joe Biden’s order directing contractors to require that employees be vaccinated. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told employees late Friday that the airline is still working on details, but “it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines.” The pilot union at American recently estimated that 4,200 — or 30% — of the airline’s pilots are not vaccinated. Earlier, White House coronavirus adviser Jeffrey Zients talked to the CEOs of American, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines about vaccine mandates. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — California to require school children get vaccines, once age approved — Merck says experimental pill cuts effects of COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths — Justice Kavanaugh...
    United Airlines announced that 97% of the company's US-based employees are fully vaccinated with less than a week until the deadline for staff to receive the shot or be fired.  The airline released a memo to its employees on Wednesday which stated 'vaccine requirements work'. It said that the number does not include the 'small number' of staffers who were exempt for medical or religious reasons.  In August, United Airlines said that they would require their 67,000 US-based employees to be fully vaccinated by September 27 or be let go as soon as September 28.  Last month, they shared that up to 90% of pilots and nearly 80% of flight attendants were vaccinated, but did not report companywide figures. Only about 55% of the American population and 66% of American adults have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. United Airlines announced that 97% of the company's US-based employees are fully vaccinated The airline said last month that they would require their 67,000 US-based employees to be fully vaccinated by September 27 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is once again being mocked, this time for yet again not understanding the very basics of American democracy. On Thursday the Republican from North Carolina claimed it is "illegal" and unconstitutional for airlines to require passengers to be vaccinated, because "you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States." That last part has a tiny shred of truth to it. Just not in the way Congressman Cawthorn thinks. (Those inteested in the legal mechanics should examine this and this.) Constitutional scholar Madison Cawthorn says it would be illegal for airlines to require vaccines because, “you act… https://t.co/4uLCnksuXN — Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1631826810.0 Anyone could take a minute to come up with arguments why his claim is false, including that anyone driving a car is required to have a driver's license and insurance, and wear a seat belt. The freshman Congressman was quickly mocked: Ya think the Founding Fathers signed up for Frequent Flyer miles?— Lori Kramer (@lorikramer58) September 16, 2021 @JackJackington @RonFilipkowski And your body patted down. — annned...
    (CBS DETROIT) – More airlines are jumping on board with vaccine mandates to help fight the spread of COVID-19. United and Frontier Airlines will require employees to be fully vaccinated if they want to work. READ MORE: I-375 Project: Removing The Highway That Replaced Detroits Black Bottom Neighborhood United is the first major airline to make the move, giving employees a deadline of late October to get a shot. READ MORE: USDA: Deer In Michigan Exposed To Coronavirus Frontier wants all of its employees vaccinated by October 1. MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: IRS Tools To Manage Your Monthly Checks © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
                       
    In this article UALUnited Airlines pilot Steve Lindland receives a COVID-19 vaccine from RN Sandra Manella at United's onsite clinic at O'Hare International Airport on March 09, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty ImagesUnited Airlines will require its 67,000 U.S. employees to get vaccinated against Covid by no later than Oct. 25 or risk termination, a first for major U.S. carriers that will likely ramp up pressure on rivals. Airlines including United have so far resisted vaccine mandates for all workers, instead offering incentives like extra pay or time off to get inoculated. Delta Air Lines in May started requiring newly hired employees to show proof of vaccination. United followed suit in June. United's requirement is one of the strictest vaccine mandates from a U.S. company and one that includes employees who interact regularly with customers like flight attendants and gate agents. U.S. companies such as Facebook announced employees to prove that they have been vaccinated to return to the office. Others are requiring them for only for certain workers. Walmart, for example, said last week that it will...
    Clear Health Pass; CommonPass; VeriFLY; Alyssa Powell/Insider When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Places like music venues and sports arenas have begun requiring proof of vaccination in order to gain entry. Vaccine passport apps offer an easy solution for quickly providing vaccine information wherever necessary. Below, we've rounded up the best apps currently available, as well as a few other vaccination resources. The idea of a vaccine passport — i.e. some form of verified proof of one's COVID-19 vaccination — has been the subject of much speculation. With places like sports arenas, airports, and even some employers requiring such proof, the availability of apps and resources dedicated to housing vaccine card information is on the rise.  Though the US government doesn't plan on implementing a federal vaccine passport system, other governments and numerous private companies have already introduced these vaccine "passport" apps as a secure, contactless option. These apps typically require identifying personal information, like biometric data and/or a government ID, to verify users' health information and prevent forgeries,...
    National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins gave his approval to businesses asking people for proof of vaccination as the coronavirus Delta variant continues to spread throughout the United States. Francis spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, where he defended the Biden administration’s renewed support for wearing face masks as a means to reduce transmission of covid-19. Tapper noted that some businesses are enacting policies that not only require their employees to be vaccinated, but their customers as well. This led him to ask, “Do you think, as a public health measure, it would be good for more businesses to require vaccine credentials in order to have vaccinated customers?” “As a public health person who wants to see this pandemic end, yes,” Collins answered. “I think anything we can do to encourage reluctant folks to get vaccinated because they’ll want to be part of these public events, that’s a good thing.” Collins continued by expressing his support for the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate to federal employees, as well as the businesses requiring their staff to get inoculated. “All...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s hometown airline will start requiring new employees to show proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19. The rule will apply to candidates offered jobs at United Airlines after June 15. With the move, united is following in the footsteps of Delta Airlines. United will evaluate any medical or religious reasons why a candidate can’t be vaccinated.
    The Biden administration will not require “vaccine passports” by law, but stands at the ready to “support” companies who are pursuing the technology, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday. “We don’t view this as the role of the government, to create or mandate any kind of vaccine passport — but these technologies are there,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked whether he supported airlines requiring customers provide vaccination documentation in order to fly. “Private sector is working on them,” Buttigieg said. “We’re interested in following that, providing any kind of technical advice or support where needed.” The transportation secretary said the Biden administration and CDC would provide recommendations for airlines to make decisions on their own about “what they think is right — to protect their passengers, to protect their workers, and to build up that confidence in the safety of American travel.” “Right now what we’re seeing is, you know, thankfully, that the guidelines are reflecting the progress that’s been made in vaccinations,” he told Tapper. Republican Party leaders across the country have pledged to fight “vaccine passports,”...
    More On: Coronavirus Blinken blasts China for its response to the coronavirus China admits that it’s COVID-19 vaccine isn’t very effective: official South African COVID variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine: study Not so Neanderthal? Fauci ‘not sure’ why Texas doesn’t have COVID uptick after nixing masks The Biden administration will not require “vaccine passports” by law, but stands at the ready to “support” companies who are pursuing the technology, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday. “We don’t view this as the role of the government, to create or mandate any kind of vaccine passport — but these technologies are there,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked whether he supported airlines requiring customers provide vaccination documentation in order to fly. “Private sector is working on them,” Buttigieg said. “We’re interested in following that, providing any kind of technical advice or support where needed.” The transportation secretary said the Biden administration and CDC would provide recommendations for airlines to make decisions on their own about “what they think is right — to protect their passengers, to protect their workers,...
    New York : A test point at the Los Angeles airport. Photo: PATRICK FALLON / . / . Joe Biden’s government is serious about controlling the coronavirus pandemic. To the massive vaccination and the demand to wear masks in public places could be added the demand for coronavirus testing for domestic travel. “There is an active conversation with the CDC at this time,” said the sSecretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Axios when asked about testing for travelers within the United States. “What I can tell you is that it will be based on data, science, medicine and input from the people who will really have to do this.” Buttigieg did not elaborate but stressed that the measure is appropriate when it comes to international travel. The position of the CDC and airlines On Monday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acknowledged that testing travelers could help contain the spread of the virus. “What I recommend the most to the population is that they do not travel,” said Walensky. “But...
    United Airlines will now require incoming travelers from the U.K. to present the results of their negative COVID-19 tests prior to boarding. Starting on Dec. 28, the Chicago-based carrier will require the test results — from tests taken "no later than 72 hours prior to departure" — of U.S.-bound passengers scheduled to fly out of London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The testing will apply to travelers leaving for each U.S. destination that United Airlines flies to: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The new requirement only applies to U.K.-originating passengers, and not those connecting for U.S.-bound flights at Heathrow. MAN CLAIMS CORONAVIRUS-LIKE SYMPTOMS AFTER PERFORMING CPR ON UNITED PASSENGER New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy commented on United’s announcement Thursday, saying the move would "strengthen existing travel protocols." "As we continue to experience a second wave of COVID-19 cases, it’s critical that we take any and all precautions to mitigate the potential for further transmission," Murphy said. "While New Jersey continues to strongly discourage all non-essential travel at...
    More airlines have gotten on board with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ask to require passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to get a tested for coronavirus before flying to the Empire State. Cuomo announced Monday he had asked three major airlines to add New York state to the list of 120 countries requiring passengers traveling from the U.K. to have a negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights. The U.K. has detected a more virulent strain of coronavirus in the country, which has led to some countries temporarily banning travel to and from the U.K. TSA SCREENED MORE THAN 2M PASSENGERS OVER THE WEEKEND, DESPITE CDC GUIDANCE TO STAY HOME "The strain is so serious that the U.K. has closed down again," Cuomo said. "We are on notice about it. Why don’t we act intelligently for a change? Why don’t we mandate testing before people get on the flight, or hold the flights from the UK now? Many other countries have done this." The two airlines have agreed to implement the COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers in the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are questioning why six flights are arriving at JFK Airport daily from the United Kingdom, despite a new variant of the coronavirus spreading there.Cuomo said 120 countries now require a negative test before arriving from the U.K., and some European countries have begun closing their borders. The U.S. has not, however, and Cuomo called that "reprehensible.""We have about six flights a day coming in from the U.K. and we have done absolutely nothing," Cuomo said. "This is reprehensible because this is what happened in the spring. Coronavirus is in China. No it wasn't, it's in Europe. It came from Europe and we did nothing."Cuomo said Monday British Airways will test all passengers coming from U.K. to New York City starting Tuesday, adding New York to the list of 120 countries identified by the governor that is already mandating pre-flight testing. He is also asking Delta and Virgin Atlantic, the other airlines that fly into Kennedy Airport, to do same or look at "other...
    Qantas, one of the largest airlines in Australia, is reportedly making plans to require passengers to get a coronavirus vaccine prior to traveling internationally, a policy other carriers could also implement. The airlines' chief executive, Alan Joyce, announced on Monday that Qantas will begin to discuss changing its terms and conditions to make the vaccinations mandatory for any person looking to travel into or out of Australia, according to The New York Times, which added that he also said he believes that other international carriers will follow suit as soon as vaccines become available. “I’ve talked to my colleagues at other airlines across the globe, and I think it’s going to be a common theme across the board,” Joyce told the newspaper. Joyce also reportedly said that many airlines are mulling over the possibility of an electronic passport that would indicate whether or not a traveler has been vaccinated and which vaccine they received. The International Air Transport Association recently announced that it has entered the final stages of development of a digital health pass that will report air passengers' COVID-19 testing and vaccination information to airlines and governments, the...
    No mask? No problem – with exceptions. Lufthansa is now requiring passengers who claim they cannot wear a facial covering for medical reasons to provide a negative coronavirus test, as well as a doctor’s note, in order to fly without a mask. The German airline group announced the news earlier this week in an update that will take effect Sept. 1. Lufthansa is now requiring passengers who claim they cannot wear a facial covering for medical reasons to provide a negative coronavirus test, as well as a doctor’s note, in order to fly without a mask. (iStock) AMERICAN AIRLINES PASSENGER THROWS EXPLETIVE-LADEN FIT AFTER REQUESTING TO LEAVE PLANE: REPORT Previously, the group’s carriers, which include Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines, had allowed in-flight mask exemptions with just proof of a medical certificate for verification. The certificate, which requires a doctor's signature, says the passenger cannot wear a mask "due to an underlying medical condition" but is still fit to fly. Now, passengers must also provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken within 48 hours of departure. "This ensures...
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