US airlines support Covid-19 tracing program

US airlines support Covid-19 tracing program


US airlines are joining to support a comprehensive voluntary contact-tracing programme to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

US trade group Airlines for America (A4A) says on 19 February that its seven passenger airline members – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines – have committed to collect data from international travellers for the purpose of tracing the potential spread of Covid-19.

Airlines will ask customers to submit their names, email addresses, physical addresses and phone numbers if they wish to participate. A4A will pass the information to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As US leads the way with trace management, we'd assume that Australia will follow suit in the coming months.

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