Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is hinting that Americans will soon need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight, even for domestic trips. Currently, testing is only required for international trips.
Interview With Axios
The comments by Buttigieg came on Sunday during an interview with Axios. The former presidential candidate said that his team is conferring with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about mandating the testing. The conversation centers on whether the government will mandate that Americans have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding an airplane to fly to another state. Buttigieg said the conversations with the CDC are being guided by all available data and science.
Other Topics of Discussion
In addition to the discussion about the debate over requiring COVID-19 testing for out-of-state domestic travel, Buttigieg shed a little light on his plans to steer his role with the Department of Transportation. He said he believes the ongoing pandemic will change how Americans work and travel, specifically as it may relate to commuting patterns. He added that he wants to use his new role to give more consideration to making routes more friendly for people who use bikes, scooters, and wheelchairs to get around.
Buttigieg Defends Cancellation of Pipeline Project
Buttigieg has already had to defend the decisions of his new boss, President Joe Biden.
During his recent Senate confirmation hearing, Buttigieg was put on the hot seat by Sen. Ted Cruz about the president’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. When asked by Cruz about the jobs at risk because of the cancellation, Buttigieg simply said that the goal is to find them different jobs.