The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been considering extending its coronavirus testing requirement for passengers on international flights inbound to the United States to passengers on all domestic flights, but the center decided against such a move for the time being, according to news reports.
The decision to not require testing for domestic air travel came after the aviation industry met on a call with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to discuss the idea.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 12 that “reports that there is an intention to put in place new requirements, such as testing, are not accurate” regarding domestic air travel.
AOPA participated in the February 10 call with Buttigieg, explaining that a mandate would not be practical or necessary for domestic general aviation flights.
In addition, AOPA and 22 other aviation and travel organizations authored a background paper about the negative consequences a domestic mandate would have on the country. That paper was sent to Congress and government officials.
AOPA continues to be in close contact with federal agencies regarding coronavirus-related travel restrictions, advocating on pilots’ behalf.