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Airline groups urge for coronavirus-testing exemptions for flight crews
December 8, 2020
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Two airline trade groups are calling on local government officials to exempt flight crews from the COVID-19 testing regimen intended for passengers, saying the daily tests pose "undue" stress and pressure on them.
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) jointly called on officials Monday to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force CART guidelines.
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Under the guidelines, crew members are not recommended to undergo screening or restrictions applicable to other travelers. Additionally, the guidelines recommend that health-screening methods for crew members should be as “non-invasive as possible.”