Delta touts the launch of the airline industry’s first contact tracing program for travelers coming into the US but it’s VOLUNTARY and all the information is required to fly anyway
- Delta announced on Wednesday that it had launched the industry’s ‘first’ contact tracing program
- But it is not mandatory for travelers and only asks for information already supplied
- An estimated 9.5million people flew throughout the US over Thanksgiving
- Millions more are expected to travel for Christmas, prompting fears of another spike
- President-elect Joe Biden is warning that another 250,000 may die by January
Delta has launched what it’s calling the ‘first contact tracing’ program for travelers entering the US but it’s voluntary and only asks for information that people need to give to book a flight anyway.
The airline issued a press-release on Thursday saying: ‘Along with our nine global airline partners, we are working with government agencies, health officials and aviation authorities to offer safer travel at every point in your journey.’
But the only information that people will be asked to give is their name, address, email address and two phone numbers where they can be reached. What’s more, it is not mandatory.
It also doesn’t ask whether or not people have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or if they have been around anyone who has tested positive with the virus
What’s more, the number of people who can enter the US or even want to has reduced drastically.
Currently, travel from the UK, China, Iran and 26 other European countries is banned to non-citizens or non-greencard holders.
Delta announced its contact tracing program – which it called the ‘first in the industry’ – but it is not mandatory and only asks people for information they have to give when booking a flight anyway
Between November 20 and November 29, 9.5million flew around the US
The US also has the worst COVID-19 problem of anywhere in the world and tourism has all but stopped. The spread in the US is becoming worse as more Americans continue to fly around the country.
Between November 20 and 29, an estimated 9.5million flew around the country.
At the time, the infection rate of COVID in the country was about 0.9 percent. By that number, as many as 87,000 people could have flown while they were infected.
An estimated 9.5million flew over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The CDC is advising people not to travel for Christmas or New Year to try to prevent more deaths.
President-elect Joe Biden warned on Thursday that another 250,000 people could die before January if people do not start taking drastic action to lower the virus spread.
A vaccine is being rolled out soon but not soon enough to stop what is being described as by far the worst surge there has been so far.
On Wednesday night, the Mayor of Los Angeles told the city’s residents to stay in their homes – an eerie reminder of the spring, when the pandemic began.
Rates are rising in every state across America.
In New York, by far the worst at the start of the year, officials are not considering a lockdown yet because it is rising at a much slower rate than it was in March and April.
Delta has been considered one of the better airlines for safety precautions.
Since the start of the pandemic, the airline blocked out the middle seat on all of its flights to avoid people being too close together.
The airline announced this week that it would continue with that measure until March next year.
A Delta employee disinfecting a plane after use. Despite the airline’s security measures, the CDC is urging people not to travel to visit family over the holidays to avoid spreading the virus