Biden allows airlines to evade COVID-19 vaccine mandate – .

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Biden allows airlines to evade COVID-19 vaccine mandate – .


Does President Joe Biden follow science? If the White House wins in court, you will soon need a COVID-19 vaccine to keep your job at any company with more than 100 employees. Still, you don’t need a vaccine to fly with over 100 strangers.

Beginning in January, unless you work only from home, a directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered by Biden requires you to get vaccinated or have a weekly test – or be dismissed from your job. The White House reasoning is that “unvaccinated workers are in grave danger.”

In addition, the federal government says it has the power to mandate as a long-standing regulator of workplace safety.

Finally: the White House says it does not impose an undue burden on large employers, who “have the administrative capacity to quickly implement the requirements of the standard.”

Do these arguments make sense?

An appeals court does not think so.

This month, he suspended the mandate. The judges ruled that it was “the rare government statement that is both too inclusive”, applying to workers in “virtually all industries” and sub-inclusive, ignoring the fact that workers in small businesses are in the same “grave danger”.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said there would be no additional COVID-19 prevention methods on planes because the masks were “very effective.”
REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

But the White House also doesn’t think the mandate makes sense.

That is, not when the same reasoning is applied to another sphere of activity common to foreigners: air transport.

Over Thanksgiving, Americans flew to visit friends and family in numbers close to pre-COVID travel, with 2.3 million people flying on Wednesday.

A White House directive is expected to go into effect in January that will require you to get vaccinated or have a weekly test – or be fired from your job.
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Yet the supposedly science-based administration is reluctant to apply the workplace argument to domestic airline customers.

When asked on “Meet the Press” ahead of Turkey Day if the government would require vaccinations for flying, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said no because masks are “very effective”.

It makes no sense to say that masks are “effective” for flying but not in the workplace. There is more to flying, remember, than an airplane where passengers wear masks and air circulates rapidly. It includes air terminals, which are buildings, often overcrowded, where people eat and drink.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said vaccine verification would not be physically possible without huge delays.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said vaccine verification would not be physically possible without huge delays.
REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

While it is “effective” to wear a mask in a TSA line three inches away from ten people that you have never seen, it is just as “effective” to wear a mask three meters from your colleagues.

What about the other two government criteria? As for the federal authority to establish a rule: theft is one of the most regulated areas of American life. Washington can tell you to take your shoes off at LaGuardia, but not on the street.

And the feasibility? Hmm, one interested party says it’s not possible to inspect people’s vaccine passports or electronic test results: airlines.

Vaccine verification “wouldn’t be physically possible without huge delays,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said in August – a position his competitors have held since then.

How is it impossible for airlines to verify vaccines but easy for employers to adopt comprehensive retroactive document verification?

For decades, airlines have checked people’s driver’s licenses or passports against their boarding passes and tracked people’s luggage. Airlines check documents every time people get on a plane, while employers check documents once, when you are hired.

Airline executives say they don’t want to have to decide which exemptions are valid. Okay, but it won’t be easier for private employers.

Either a consistent standard for exemptions works for both – a doctor’s note, a statement of religious belief – or it doesn’t work for both.

While it is difficult for an airline employee to determine whether a person’s religious belief is sincere in a matter of minutes, it is also painful for an HR manager to spend days determining whether someone’s doctor is one really is a doctor. Overtime only creates one additional charge.

There is also the issue of coercion. Whether you think vaccination warrants are a good idea or not, workers who get vaccinated to keep their jobs do so under duress. Most people work because they need to earn money. Getting laid off is a major event in life.

On the other hand, no one a fly, not to the extent that they have to work.

Biden follows science, of course – the science of special interests. He bowed to a powerful and concentrated industry, which won $ 54 billion in bailout funds last year.

Even Dr Anthony Fauci, supposedly immune to political pressure, went on to say “if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people.” . . you should be vaccinated ”to“ I don’t see this immediately ”happening.

Biden’s lawyers are going to have to explain this disparity in court – almost certainly in the Supreme Court. Judges will wonder why going to the office puts an unvaccinated person in “serious danger” when going to the airport does not.

Nicole Gelinas is editor-in-chief of the City Journal at the Manhattan Institute.

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