Zach Wichter of The Points Guy wrote a recent piece about the possibility of Delta Air Lines floating the idea of “immunity passports” for air travel in the future.
It’s no secret that the travel industry has been completely turned upside down by the Wuhan virus outbreak.
Although travel will eventually resume after the outbreak subsides, there will likely be changes in how airlines will try to self-regulate and ensure travelers take necessary health precautions. There is still uncertainty in the air with regards to the approaches airlines will take in the post-Wuhan virus reality.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said during conference a call with investors on April 22, 2020 that he and his employees are preparing for the possibility of new restrictions imposed on travelers, which could consist of policies requiring passengers to present documents indicating that they are in good health.
“We will make whatever changes to the business model that will be necessary,” he stated, suggesting that “immunity passports” could be required for travelers. “Could there be a new public health agency coming out that requires a new passport to travel? I don’t know but we’ll be on the forefront of all those advances.”
Other aviation industry insiders believe that passport requirements could be coming soon in order to grapple with a post-Wuhan virus reality.
“People will have to carry, essentially, a COVID passport,” declared Robert W. Mann, an aviation analyst based in New York City. Mann is of the view that people will still likely have to possess documentation demonstrating their immunity when they go travel abroad.
Some parts of the world are already rolling out similar passport measures. The Washington Post recently did a story on Chile’s new efforts to issue immunity passports to citizens who have recovered from the Wuhan virus. This paperwork allows holders to be exempt from government-mandated social distancing requirements.
Put simply, Chileans who have recovered from the virus can go back to work to work and are no longer required to be under lockdown.
As of now, there have been no concrete measures in the U.S. to take such steps. However, as the economy is gradually re-opened, certain policymakers will likely put forward similar methods.
Civil liberties activists will have to be on the lookout
Texas National Guard will be Deploying on Election Day
Democrats are Shaking in Their Boots
On October 26, 2020, the Texas National Guard announced that Governor Abbott is deploying 1,000 members to five of the state’s largest cities to potentially quell unrest on Election Day or the days that follow.
Texas Democrats are uneasy about this announcement, according to a Fox News report.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cities where troops will be sent to are Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
The very fact that troops might be deployed to polling locations has Texas Democrats frightened about the prospect of voter suppression and intimidation. Although the state has been solidly Republican in the last 30 years, Texas is starting to become more competitive. Some experts believe it could flip to the Democrats in 2020 or at the very least, in the near future.
The Texas National Guard commander’s chief of staff informed the San Antonio Express-News that the guard deployment would only be activated to “deter any civil disturbance at sites in various cities within Texas.”
The protection of polling stations “has not been on any mission request or in any conversation with the governor’s office,” Major General James K. “Red” Brown declared. Although troops could be sent to guard buildings , being stationed at polling locations “has not been requested,” Texas Guard spokesman stated.
On the night of October 26, other military officials informed KXAN-TV that there were no plans to send military units to polling locations.
Adjutant General Major General Tracy Norris declared in a statement that the Texas Military Department “was activated to provide additional support to the Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2020.”
“Texas Service Members continue to support DPS in this capacity, guarding historical landmarks such as the Alamo and the State Capitol,” Norris remarked. “To be clear, there has been no request nor any plan to provide any type of support at any polling location in Texas.”
The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that Norris was requested to set up contingency plans in case of any unrest that emerges.
The initial reports about Abbott’s order received more concerns in progressive bastions such as Austin.
“We’re not hearing any real indications to anticipate any disruptions or intimidation,” said Adler.
Austin City Council member Gregorio Casar blamed Abbott for “fear-mongering.”
4/ "Voting in Texas, whether by mail, early in-person, or on Election Day, is safe, secure, and convenient, and our local leaders will ensure that every vote is counted." #txlege #2020Elections #CountEveryVote
— Gregorio Casar (@GregCasar) October 26, 2020
2020 elections will be very heated and it’s prudent for Abbott to use military assets to protect Texans from potential insurrectionist behavior from the radical Left.
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