The White House is contemplating a ban on commercial domestic
flying to Covid-19 hotspots.
Answering questions at his Wednesday press briefing,
President Donald Trump said particular consideration is being given to banning
flights that go from one city with a major outbreak to another.
“I am looking where flights are going into hotspots. Some of
those flights I didn’t like from the beginning,” Trump said. “But closing up
every single flight on every single airline, that’s a very, very rough
Trump wasn’t specific about the markets he is considering,
but any list of major hotspots would almost surely include the New York/New
Jersey area. Detroit, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Seattle are
other markets with major Covid-19 outbreaks.
Trump said a reason for his hesitance to shut the industry
down entirely is that restarting operations would be a challenge for carriers.
But he said the White House is weighing the balance between keeping the
industry afloat and risking further virus spread.
“That is a calculation that we’re looking at right now. We’re
looking at it very strongly,” he said.
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