WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airline trade is pledging to broaden the observe of asking passengers on flights to the US for info that public well being officers might use for contact tracing in the course of the pandemic.
An trade commerce group mentioned Friday that the carriers would flip over the knowledge to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which might use it to contact passengers who is likely to be uncovered to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Delta and United have been doing that since December. On Friday, an trade commerce group mentioned that American, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue and Hawaiian can even ask passengers to make their names, cellphone numbers, e mail and bodily addresses accessible to the CDC.
The airways had lengthy resisted authorities efforts to require them to collect passenger info and supply it to well being companies. They mentioned they don’t have the knowledge on passengers who purchase tickets from different sellers corresponding to on-line journey companies. Additionally they argued that gathering the knowledge and making it instantly accessible to the federal government can be time-consuming and require expensive upgrades to pc techniques.
The CEO of commerce group Airways for America, Nicholas Calio, mentioned carriers hope that their provide of voluntary info gathering, together with testing of passengers getting into the U.S., will lead the federal government to carry restrictions on worldwide journey.
Though the requests are solely voluntary, United Airways mentioned Friday that since December most of its worldwide prospects have supplied contact particulars.
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