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Take this with a grain of salt. He never tells you his source and he is very biased.

Posted by
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From what I've read it's just being tested when Americans return from overseas-something many European and Asian countries already do. About a year too late but still necessary since Covid seems to be here for the long haul and many European airports already have Covid testing sites.

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11246 posts

According to legitimate news sources, stricter testing is being considered but the White House stated that mandatory quarantine was not being considered. (CNN and the Wall Street Journal)

In most areas, getting an antigen test 24 hours before departing for home shouldn't be a problem.

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11246 posts

View from a Wing and The Points Guy are not legitimate news sources. They are travel oriented websites.

Posted by
515 posts

Actually this possibility was just reported on CNN…that the WH was in discussions right now

Posted by
301 posts

When we flew back to the US from Iceland in September, we had to test 3 days before our departure from Reykjavik. We took a rapid antigen test a half hour before checking in at the ticket counter at the airport and had no problems returning to Denver.

Posted by
1386 posts

I guess we will find out more on Thursday. If we have to go to an antigen test within 1 day of travel, then that will likely boost the BinaxNow test as it gives even more freedom of not having to run to a pharmacy or make an appt at a pharmacy or other provider. I hope we don't get to the quarantine portion since that will kill a lot of travel.

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3304 posts

This was reported in the Washington Post with Biden supposedly going to make a speech on Thursday.

So besides passengers, what happens to pilots & flight attendants from both US and international carriers? Flight crews don’t just stay on the grounds of international airports in the days between flights before coming to the US. They certainly cannot be exempted from the quarantine because omicron’s contagiousness doesn’t vary based on one’s occupation. This has not been well thought out.

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7597 posts

Eric - thank you for using one of your gift shares of the WP with us !

Posted by
1216 posts

I believe it is only passengers now. Many airlines already do testing for their employees.

This is in line with what many other countries have been doing as far as testing. Not sure why people are complaining.

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11246 posts

Flight crews are usually exempt because of constant testing by airlines and their short turn around time. (Hong Kong is requiring quarantine of crew which is forcing some carriers to cancel flights.)

Some countries require testing prior to departure while others require testing upon arrival. It seems as if the U.S. may require both.

Trying to force quarantine on all including those who test negative will cause a great deal of political backlash.

Right now there is so much conflicting information out there we need to just wait until we have the official word.

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5478 posts

Ridiculous to suggest a 7 day quarantine when returning to the USA. That will likely destroy the foreign travel.