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Going Direct: Why Vaccine Passports Are the New Cultural Battleground in Aviation

The idea of a universal proof of vaccination status for pilots and passengers is unpopular among some on both sides of the political spectrum, and for some good reasons, though the idea is gathering steam both here and abroad.

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Two Republican governors of large red states have body slammed the very idea of vaccination passports, and they have support from many conservatives and a surprising number of progressives, too. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R, FL) and Greg Abbott (R, TX) have come out with executive orders forbidding the requirement for such passports at government state facilities. At a press conference DeSantis said, “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

Abbott issued a similar executive order on Wednesday, though his didn’t go quite as far as DeSantis’ while still banning the passports at the local, county and municipal level. The passports, by the way, are rare, with no  known sightings in Florida or Texas. Abbott’s order bans any government entity or private organization that gets state aid from requiring anyone to show proof of vaccination for any reason. 

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