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Talks begin regarding Air Bridge between New York and London

Talks have begun regarding a possible air bridge between London and New York. This would mean travelers between these two cities would not need to quarantine.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/air-bridge-london-new-york-coronavirus-quarantine-a4534201.html

Now before people start yelling "it's the Standard" there were similar reports in the Telegraph, Times, Reuters, other UK newspaper, and some U.S. media.

If it does occur it would be later in the year.

Posted by
4882 posts

The U.K. has had air bridges with several countries including France and Spain and these have been closed down with around 24 hours notice as infections there have risen. Flying us a risky business at present.

Posted by
6065 posts

The devil must be in the details. The article says:

. . . air bridges which would allow travellers to come to the UK from "low-risk" areas such as New York within countries like the United States, . . .

That reads to me as you must be a resident of NYC (or possibly NY state), not just passing through the NYC airports. It wouldn't make sense otherwise, as there's nothing magically disinfecting people at JFK.

Nothing secret about their criteria: lower your infection rates and your people will be let in.

Posted by
3236 posts

. . . air bridges which would allow travellers to come to the UK from "low-risk" areas such as New York within countries like the United States, . . .

I recall that I posted a couple months ago that some states meet low risk entry requirements, and everyone posted back that European countries would never parse the USA into smaller subsets of states with high and low risk.

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10045 posts

New York has a 14 day quarantine for visitors from most other states. You might have to prove 14 day quarantine if you are from one of those states before boarding.

In one article I read they are hoping to get business people traveling between the two countries. Not all business folk live in NY.

This is still early. If it happens I'm sure it will all be spelled out.

Posted by
925 posts

I recall that I posted a couple months ago that some states meet low risk entry requirements, and everyone posted back that European countries would never parse the USA into smaller subsets of states with high and low risk.

“The hen is the wisest of all the animal creation, because she never cackles until the egg is laid.” --Abe Lincoln

On a serious note, one huge hole in this idea was brought up in the thread Tom mentions--the US has no interior border controls. What would be keeping a New York City resident from driving up after spending some time in, say, Florida, and hopping on a plane to London the next day? Until they get that figured out--or unless Great Britain is willing to turn a blind eye to such things--I don't see how this goes beyond the "talking" phase.

Posted by
7618 posts

It might be simpler and faster to invent a vaccine, than work out the logistics of how the person boarding the UK bound plane came to be in NY and is 'safe' to travel.

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10045 posts

As I stated earlier, but I guess few people read responses, NY has a quarantine on people coming from certain states. And they have checkpoints on many roads.

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925 posts

As I stated earlier, but I guess few people read responses, NY has a quarantine on people coming from certain states. And they have checkpoints on many roads.

That's good but, serious question, how do they know if a citizen of New York City, who says they're just coming back from New Jersey, wasn't actually in Florida? It seems the quarantine and checkpoints only apply to the citizens of certain other states.