US Airlines to Begin Tracking Programs for Foreign Travelers

Following increases in cases by coronavirus in the world, United Statess has been taking extraordinary measures to stop the spread especially among travelers.

That is why more american airliness have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop contact tracing programs focused on passengers arriving from abroad.

The Asociation Airlines For America issued a statement noting that its members, which include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest y United Airlines, collaborate with CDC to share passenger information in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and rehabilitate the travel industry.

“We are hopeful that this measure, along with the existing testing requirements for passengers flying to the United States, will lead legislators to lift travel restrictions so that international travel can resume and the social and economic benefits of that. trip can be made “, reads the letter.

The international traveler information tracking program it will be voluntary and they will not be required to passengers that they land in the United States that they share it; however, it will be promoted so that more and more travelers participate.

In general, the program will request the travelers’ legal name, at least two phone numbers, the address where they will stay in the country and email.

Until now, a large part of the airlines have limited themselves to participating in similar tracking programs, since they do not have the traveler information who contract the service through third parties, that is, with travel agencies or other people.

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They have also found these types of programs to be quite expensive as they must update their information systems.

Last year two of the big American companies, Delta and United, started using contact tracing programs in collaboration with health authorities.

The latest reports from both airlines have said that the majority of their users have agreed to participate in the programs, thus helping to prevent infections, take care of themselves and other passengers.

Requirements to enter the United States

The information tracing joins the negative tests that all airlines request to board and the governments of each state for the consideration of mandatory quarantines.

By order of the CDC, international travelers must present a negative test indispensable, just like a passport or visa.

The test must be done at least 72 hours (three days) before the flight to the North American country.

Negative test results should be displayed in print or digital copies at the airport, before boarding the flight.

In case of having had the infection, a document will be required that verifies the diagnosis and that the passenger in question is already recovered.

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