• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

Airline industry pushes back on CDC guidance that vaccinated people should still avoid travel

(CNN) — The airline industry is pushing back on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people should still avoid travel.

In a new statement, industry group Airlines For America insists being on a plane poses a low risk of coronavirus infection due to heavily filtered air and mandatory mask-wearing by the federal government. “We remain confident that this layered approach significantly reduces risk,” the group said.

The statement comes after the CDC said vaccinated people can meet other vaccinated people and even low-risk people who aren’t vaccinated but still need to avoid travel.

“Any time there is an increase in travel, we have an increase in cases in this country,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during the White House coronavirus response briefing on Monday.

As the CDC struggled to prepare guidance for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the possibility of changing the travel recommendations was discussed, but there was never much momentum to adjust it accordingly. this moment, two federal health officials familiar with the discussion told CNN. .

Health experts remain concerned that travel during spring break will lead to higher coronavirus infection rates.

It seems like more people are already starting to travel.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened nearly 1.3 million people at airports on Sunday, the highest number since holiday travel Jan. 3. The TSA has screened nearly a million or more people every day since Thursday, which means 4.5 million people flew over four days.

This is the second pandemic-related disagreement between the airline industry and the new Biden administration.

An airline industry source told CNN they are urging the CDC to publicly release the criteria it will use to adjust travel advice.

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Ben Tinker contributed to this report.