Friday, June 26, 2020 7:37 p.m. EDT
by Thomson Reuters
By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prime U.S. airline executives met on Friday with Vice President Mike Pence and different senior administration officers however did not come away with any commitments from the White Home on mandating temperature checks for airline passengers.
Pence met with the chief executives of United Airways, Delta Air Strains, American Airways, JetBlue Airways and the president of Southwest Airways on the White Home alongside Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Facilities for Illness Management (CDC) director Mark Redfield, Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar and different officers.
Airways need the U.S. authorities to manage temperature checks to all passengers in a bid to reassure the general public.
The Trump administration is open to the thought of getting the Transportation Safety Administration conduct the exams, however there are nonetheless many unanswered questions, together with what would occur to passengers who had excessive fevers and had been denied boarding and pay for the screening.
Main airways on Thursday mentioned they’d refund air fares to passengers denied boarding if the federal government carried out exams.
The CDC doesn’t wish to be liable for vacationers with excessive fevers, two individuals briefed on the assembly mentioned.
The aviation trade, struggling an unprecedented downturn in journey, has urged the federal government to mandate measures that would assist reassure passengers on the security of journey. Airline executives informed authorities officers that the general public views temperature checks and face coverings as two key components to spice up confidence in air journey. Authorities officers plan to maintain finding out the thought, officers mentioned.
Commerce group Airways for America mentioned it regarded “ahead to working with the administration to determine and implement initiatives that assist relaunch the U.S. airline trade.”
Consultant Bennie Thompson, who chairs the Home Homeland Safety Committee, mentioned final week the Trump administration mustn’t mandate temperature checks with out adopting formal rules.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)