More airline companies said Friday they will start requesting for guests personal info on flights to the U.S. to beef up their contact tracing capabilities.Airlines for America, a market trade group that represents leading U.S. airline companies, said Friday that Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines would gather the information and send it to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The information obtained will include each passengers legal name, two phone numbers, an e-mail address and the address where the passenger will be staying in the U.S. Delta Airlines and United Airlines have already been collecting that details considering that December.”The execution of a contact tracing program for international passengers is yet another measure in our multi-layered approach to reduce threat and ensure the traveling public that both U.S. airline companies and the federal government are prioritizing the health and wellness of passengers and team,” stated Airlines for America President Nicholas Calio. U.S. airlines had long withstood government requests for them to collect information on their leaflets, declaring that doing so would put big impositions on business that would have to update computer systems and train employees to gather the info. Nevertheless, Calio said the airline companies would offer the information in part to try to push lawmakers to raise travel limitations that have been put in location to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.”We are hopeful that this measure, paired with existing testing requirements for guests flying to the U.S., will lead policymakers to lift travel restrictions so that international travel can resume and the social and financial advantages of that travel can be recognized,” Calio stated.

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