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Delta CEO Flirts With the Idea of “Immunity Passports” for Air Passengers

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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.

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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.

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“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

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Portland Experiences Over a 100% Increase in Shootings After Anti-Gun Violence Police Force is Disbanded

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In July of 2020, the city of Portland experienced 15 homicides.

According to Portland police, this is the most killings the city has experienced in one month in over three decades.

So far in 2020, 24 people have died due to homicides in Portland.

Oregon Live reported that the most recent killing took place on July 28, 2020 when a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at a Northeast Portland home after coming back from a vigil mourning the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was murdered in a shooting on July 29.

In July 2020, there have been 63 shootings, while there was 28 in July 2019 per a Police Bureau report.

Although homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism have increased this year compared to 2019, total person-to-person and property crimes have plummeted compared to previous years, according to the bureau’s report.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on July 30 that he’s very worried about the uptick in violence and is shifting officers from patrol units to the detective division in order to shore up follow-up investigations.

He also explained that the bureau had to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team in accordance to new policy changes the City Council ushered in. The team, which counted on 34 members, was disbanded on July 1 in response to budget cuts to police units that have allegedly targeted a disproportionate number of blacks during routine traffic stops.

Like many cities in the country, Portland is starting to embrace leftist radicalism on matters of law enforcement by considering moves to defund the police.

Oregon is already one of the more anti-gun states in the country, so lawful individuals in Portland don’t have many options at their disposal for self-defense. With police being gutted, regular citizens have even fewer options at their disposal for security.

This has obviously not registered with political elites and represents why many Americans will likely leave cities in masse in search of jurisdictions that actually bother to provide basic law enforcement infrastructure.

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