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New variant raises questions about air travel mandates

Added 11-30-21 05:58:02pm EST - “The emergence of the omicron variant has caused the White House to revisit questions over whether to impose vaccine mandates for domestic air travel, especially as travel picks up for the holiday season.” - Thehill.com

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The emergence of the omicron variant has caused the White House to revisit questions over whether to impose vaccine mandates for domestic air travel, especially as travel picks up for the holiday season.

The White House said nothing is off the table as the country braces for the new variant to spread to the U.S. A move to mandate vaccines for domestic air travel or to require testing would be controversial and likely hotly contested, but the Biden administration isn’t shutting down the idea.

“He wasn't taking any options off the table, but he's going to rely on the advice of his health and medical experts,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table US, Iran return to same negotiating table Federal workers who don't meet vaccine mandate won't face discipline until January MORE told reporters on Monday, referring to President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE, when asked why there isn’t testing or vaccination requirements for domestic air travel.

The president, earlier on Monday, was asked if consideration has been given to domestic flights requiring tests or vaccines, in light of the Christmas travel period coming up.

“Well, at this point, that’s not been recommended.  I would wait for my — the scientific community to give — give me a recommendation on that,” Biden said.

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