Simple question: if the United States imposes a seven-day self-quarantine requirement on incoming international airline passengers, will you respect it?
Yesterday we learned that the Biden Administration is considering several new measures that will tighten international travel. One of those measures is a mandatory week-long quarantine for those returning by air to the United States.
While the details are still under consideration and even being evaluated for legality, an announcement is expected on Thursday that will detail new testing and potentially new quarantine protocol.
But let’s be real. The United States is too vast and too populous for any meaningful enforcement mechanism. Thus, if such a policy is introduced (and right now it is only under consideration), it will be on the honor system. There likely would be penalties threatened, but practically impossible to enforce. It’s not like we are going to see the U.S. military or Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage screeners going door-to-door checking IDs. Even in liberal Los Angeles the LA County Sheriff’s Department refused to enforce the County’s mask ordinance.
There will also likely be loopholes, so to speak, not only for medical workers and first responders, but likely a broad categorical exemption for those whose occupation requires frequent travel.
Public health officials are not stupid (well, I suppose that is debatable) and already know there will be a subset of the population that will ignore any quarantine order. Still, their aim is not perfect compliance but limited compliance that they hope will still slow the spread of the virus.
So in a purely unscientific poll of world travelers on this blog, I am wondering if you intend to obey such an order. If you work in an office, will you be able to work from home for a week? Would the introduction of a post-flight quarantine cause you to cancel any upcoming trips or refrain from booking future trips?
Folks, the pandemic has become political and I understand that feelings are strong on both sides. For the benefit of everyone, though, please be respectful in the comments section. Please address the issue, not the other posters. And rather than just link to other webpages, take the time to develop your point here. Let’s keep the discussion respectful.