The White House said Friday that it does not currently plan to require people to undergo COVID-19 testing before domestic flights, after the prospect of new rules raised major concerns among U.S. airlines, labor unions and some lawmakers.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki indicated at a briefing on Friday that “reports that there is an intention to put in place new requirements, such as testing, are not accurate,” Reuters reviewed.
Psaki spoke after the CEOs of major U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, met virtually with White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last month that the agency was “actively studying” the possibility of expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to U.S. domestic flights.
“We had a very positive and constructive conversation focused on our shared commitment to science-based policies as we work together to end the pandemic, restore air travel and lead our nation toward recovery,” Nick Calio, executive director of the industry group Airlines for America, said in a statement after Friday’s meeting.