US airlines agree to international contact tracing programme

Major U.S. airlines said on Friday they would adopt a voluntary international contact tracing programme, months after the White House under then-President Donald Trump blocked a mandatory effort.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines were among the airlines which said they had committed to collecting contact tracing data from passengers traveling into the United States and to relaying that data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if travellers provide information.
Reuters reported that in August, Trump officials rejected an effort to require airlines to collect contact tracing information from U.S.-bound international passengers after some senior administration officials cited privacy concerns.

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