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Boeing execs: Requiring COVID-19 tests before flights could pose significant harm
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WASHINGTON - Two senior Boeing executives have warned the White House that requiring COVID-19 tests before traveling on U.S. domestic passenger airline flights could pose significant economic harm.
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“Imposing such a burden on the already financially beleaguered airline industry has the potential for severe unintended consequences that will ripple across the entire economy,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Stan Deal and Chief Aerospace Safety Officer Michael Delaney wrote in a letter. The letter, seen by Reuters, was sent Friday and had not previously been reported.
Boeing and the White House declined to comment on the letter.
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The federal government has been mulling additional measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus but has made no decisions on adding new requirements on domestic air travel.
A senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official (CDC) said on Jan. 26 that officials were “actively looking” at mandatory testing – days after new mandatory testing requirements for most international passengers took effect.