Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced legislation to prohibit officials of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to require a vaccine passport. It aims to stop requiring passengers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Also, it stops them from asking for a vaccine passport before allowing them to board flights.
Freedom To Fly Act
Scott’s bill, called the “Freedom to Fly Act,” helps preserve passenger privacy. It will also prohibit requiring American travelers to present passports on domestic flights.
When enacted, the bill hopes to protect the privacy of American airline travelers. Specifically, the bill’s provisions won’t allow the TSA to ask for anything vaccine-related.
It cannot implement any regulation that authorizes TSA personnel to request vaccine information. This applies to passengers flying between US states or territories.
In a statement, Scott explained the Freedom To Fly Act. “Americans are working hard to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and travel is critical to getting our economy fully reopened,” he said in a statement.
“While I continue to encourage everyone who wants one to get the vaccine, the federal government has no business requiring travelers to turn over their personal medical information to catch a flight.
My Freedom to Fly Act ensures families in Florida and across the country can travel freely and without the ridiculous government bureaucracy created by vaccine passports,” he added.
White House Said It Won’t Support Vaccine Passports
Last month, the White House said it will not support a vaccine passport system. Instead, the administration hinted that it will leave the implementation of such a system to the private sector amid the new guidance on masks.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance last month. The new guidelines say that fully vaccinated individuals won’t need to physically distance or wear masks indoors or outdoors.
However, the CDC also advised that fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks in crowded indoor settings. This includes activities such as riding public transportation and when visiting hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.
Instead of clarifying the issue, the guidelines generated more questions than answers. Foremost among them is the need to show proof. How can maskless individuals prove they are indeed fully vaccinated?
This confusion led to the Press Secretary being asked if the Biden government will implement a “vaccine passport” system. “It has not changed our view that the federal government will not be playing that role,” Psaki said. “The private sector may, and it may prompt the private sector moving forward on actions, which is where we think it is appropriately situated.”
Watch the CBC News video explaining the case against a COVID-19 vaccine passport:
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