Global airlines are pushing for widespread coronavirus testing as an alternative to quarantine measures and other travel restrictions that have dampened passenger demand and decimated the industry.
Why it matters: Airline officials have pegged the industry’s recovery to the discovery of a coronavirus vaccine, but it could be mid-2021 before one is widely available.
- In the meantime, industry officials say systematic testing of all passengers before departure could get around the restrictions and help restore public confidence in flying.
The big picture: Virtually every country in the world imposed some sort of travel restrictions to combat the pandemic, including quarantines, testing and contract tracing.
- Even in the U.S., at least 17 states, including Hawaii and New York, have quarantine restrictions on out-of-state visitors.
Yes, but: The effect of travel restrictions on the spread of…