US 'actively looking' at requiring COVID testing before domestic flights

MINA KAJI and CONOR FINNEGAN
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The Biden administration is "actively looking" at requiring COVID-19 tests before domestic flights, a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Tuesday.

"These are conversations that are ongoing," CDC Director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron told reporters, "and looking at what the types and locations of testing might be. We’re actively looking at it."

This would be an expansion of the administration's mandatory testing requirement for U.S.-bound travelers that took effect on Tuesday. All travelers flying into the U.S. must now provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than three days before their flight, or they will be denied boarding.

PHOTO: A sign directing people to Covid-19 testing is displayed by check-in counters at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions, Jan. 25, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: A sign directing people to Covid-19 testing is displayed by check-in counters at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions, Jan. 25, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

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The order was initially announced by the CDC on Jan. 12 and formalized in an executive order President Joe Biden signed last week.

"We urge folks to postpone their trips if they're able," acting Assistant Secretary of Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee said Tuesday, "and if they absolutely must travel to equip themselves with information."

PHOTO: People walk through a nearly empty  international terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Jan. 25, 2021, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHOTO: People walk through a nearly empty international terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Jan. 25, 2021, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Brownlee warned travelers will be responsible for covering their own lodging and medical costs if they test positive or cannot get a test while overseas.

"The bottom line message is this is really not a time for people to be engaging in discretionary travel, and that all travel should be postponed until we get a better handle on getting this virus under control and accelerate our vaccination strategies," Cetron said.

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