Qantas plans to mandate compulsory CoVid-19 vaccination to get on board their international flights

Qantas has become one of the first airlines to openly speak of what looks like will be fait accompli for international travel in the future, compulsory vaccination against CoVid-19 before travelling abroad.

The airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, today spoke with Australia’s Channel 9, and mentioned that “we are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travellers, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.”

A broader segment of the programme shows Mr Joyce stating that this might not just be a requirement at Qantas, but at airlines around the globe in the future, and that there could be a digital bio-passport which would provide the vaccination information to the country of your travel.

I am not surprised here one bit with the stance of Qantas. I expect that till the time the CoVid-19 pandemic is not stamped out, airlines across the board will be on the hook to prove that they are not responsible for transmitting the virus into the country. Hence, they will insist on having vaccination for their customers coming on board to travel with them. This would lead to the bio-passport becoming a reality.

What do you think of the move by Qantas to almost insist on having a vaccination for international travel? Do you think other airlines will go this way too?

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  1. Great stance when people are afraid to fly in the first place. It appears as if Qantas are getting over bookings. Good luck for their autocratic stance, like once GM said long long ago, I will produce cars as long as they are either Black or White only

  2. I pay for J and I definitely will use other carriers if Qantas requires this.
    Love their 787 business class, but, I’ll find other ways to get where I need to go.

    Not supporting authoritarianism in 2020

    • So you can have the freedom to infect others. Interesting. You spoilt pro disease types wouldn’t know authoritarianism if it hit you in the face.

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