The White House hasn’t announced anything, but Barack Obama’s transportation chief has urged Joe Biden to go for it, a turn of events that would no doubt result in Fox News’ prime-time hosts having a series of aneurysms on live TV.
“I don’t think it would be difficult at all. It’s no different than showing your driver’s license to TSA,” LaHood told Politico. “I don’t see it as a bureaucratic challenge to the airlines. I really don’t. You got to show ID in order to get through TSA, then make it a part of getting through TSA—that you can’t get through TSA unless you show proper identification, your ticket and a vaccination card.”
Earlier this week, Anthony Fauci said he believed airline-passenger mandates were a good idea, while Jeff Zients, the head of the White House’s COVID Response Team, said nothing is off the table, pointing to the fines the administration has implemented for passengers who ignore mask requirements. Asked on Thursday if he would support vaccine mandates for passengers, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said he would “certainly implement” one if it came from the government.
Of course, requiring passengers to get vaccinated in order to fly would obviously trigger an insane meltdown among Republicans and their partners in the conservative media. After Biden announced his new vaccine mandates for companies with over 100 employees, multiple GOP governors threatened to sue him (to which he responded, “Have at it,” adding: “I am so disappointed that…some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities”). And when the president said that fines for passengers refusing to comply with mask mandates will double, imploring people to “show some respect” for flight attendants just trying to do their jobs, Jeanine Pirro acted as though he’d signed an executive order requiring people to sign over their firstborn children to JetBlue executives.
And who could forget this from the Fox gang?
So yeah, passenger mandates would go over real well with this crowd.
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Idaho is literally rationing medical care thanks to an overload of COVID cases
COVID-19 hospitalizations have skyrocketed in Idaho and are presently running 40% above their previous pandemic high, according to federal data. “The situation is dire—we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident,” Dave Jeppesen, the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said in a completely terrifying statement.
The governor of West Virginia is begging y’all
If you won’t get vaccinated for yourself, your family, or your friends, do it for his husky bulldog, who goes by the name “Babydog.”
While a nice touch, it would be nicer if Jim Justice actually supported vaccine mandates, which we’re sure Babydog thinks are good common sense.
Just in case you needed another reason not to ingest horse dewormer…
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