As CEOs from airlines on both sides of the Atlantic call for the immediate opening of a quarantine-free travel corridor between the United States and United Kingdom, I was shocked to learn that most Brits want all international travel banned despite a successful vaccine rollout.
British Are Not Enthusiastic To Travel Again According To Recent Poll
Ahead of the upcoming G7 meeting, leaders from the following airlines have issued a joint statement demanding a travel bubble between the USA and Great Britain and a jettisoning of quarantine requirements:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
And while leaders on both sides of the pond are keen to bring back international travel from an economic perspective, there may be an additional and surprising burden: public opinion is against it.
A recent Ipsos poll in the UK reveals the following:
- 79% are worried about a vaccine-resistant strain coming to the UK
- 79% favor stopping people entering the UK from countries with higher levels of infections
- 67% support stopping people returning from any other country
- 70% favor making people quarantine in hotels when they return from any foreign country
- 63% support bringing back lockdown measures in infected areas
- 58% favor banning Brits from traveling internationally
Is anyone surprised by this as much as I am?
I get that the virus is real and deadly…who can deny that? I also get that the vaccination alone does not eradicate the virus (at least until the entire world is sufficiently vaccinated so as to stop new variants from forming).
But I don’t view it as noble or responsible or wise to continue isolation after vaccines have proven highly-effective, especially when the livelihoods of so many depend upon it. If anything, it’s a bit nihilistic…
While leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are facing pressure from airlines to establish a travel bubble (and move the USA to the UK’s Green List), Brits seem perfectly content with the status quo. Hopefully that will change as more are vaccinated inside and outside the UK.
And friends, consider this another nudge to get vaccinated. A lady at my church got COVID-19 in December and lost her taste and smell. For months it did not return. But a couple weeks after getting vaccinated it did return. She’s elated. We need more data to determine if the vaccine played a role in that, but she is hardly alone in reporting these results.