When COVID-19 exploded around the world, and the first shots became available – on an experimental basis as they are now – there were concerns over a “papers please” requirement on the part of law enforcement in which travelers would be required to show their health status.
Those concerns now are reality, according to a report on Hotair.com.
It documents that officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “will spot-check passengers who arrive in the U.S. for compliance, according to an administration official. Airlines that don’t enforce the requirements could be subject to penalties of up to nearly $35,000 per violation.”
The new requirement is part of a series of new travel rules announced for international travelers this week.
Those demand most travelers to America be vaccinated against COVID-19 with exceptions for children under 18, immigrants, those who have had reactions to shots, and those coming from countries where shots are in short supply.
The report explained tests and negative results also will be demanded.
“The U.S. will accept any FDA-approved vaccine for regular or emergency use or approved by the World Health Organization,” the report said. “These include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.”
The reported noted that airlines will be forced to do the enforcement.
“It sounds as though the quarantine officers are not there to help the airlines with their additional responsibility to enforce compliance with the requirements but to catch any travelers who might fall through the cracks and fine the airlines. Extra government revenue, right? That’s the thing with strident government control over industries, their grip only increases, it rarely loosens back up. In this case, more travel will be allowed but at the cost of airline personnel who are under Big Brother’s thumb to enforce it. The mental picture of CDC officers lurking around is enough to make a person cringe. Not only will travelers be required to show their papers initially to board the plane, some will also have to do it again for a quarantine officer,” the report commented.
It added, “The Biden administration’s goal all along has been to pile on as many inco…