High-level officials from the United States and United Kingdom are allegedly discussing the creation of a transatlantic “air bridge” that would restore travel between New York and London.
Details: Transatlantic “Air Bridge” Between New York And London
Since March, Britons have not been allowed to travel to the United States on leisure trips and Americans traveling to the UK have faced 14-day quarantine restrictions.
First reported by the UK Telegraph, the so-called air bridge would privilege residents of New York City and London only. Bonafide residents would not be required to quarantine upon arrival.
Weekly new cases in New York City have averaged about 7.2 per 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, in London that figure is 11.3 per 100,000 residents. However both have made substantial improvements from earlier grim figures.
A senior official told the Telegraph:
“There are discussions going on at a very senior level around opening up London and New York. They are at a very early stage but it is vital to get business going with a major trading partner especially as we near Brexit.”
Why Not Just Require Negative PCR Testing?
I’m going to assume, though it isn’t mentioned, that such travel will still require a recent negative PCR test and perhaps another test upon arrival. If that is the case, why not just allow anyone with a negative PCR test to visit? Just because certain enclaves of the country are faring far worse than others, isn’t the point to keep virus out…not people who don’t have the virus?
I suppose the counterpoint would be that New York City and London, as cities, are much safer travel destinations, statically at least, than other COVID-19 hotspots. An analogy would be why are pilots forced to retire at 65 years old when many are healthy, strong, and fit to fly for many more years? The answer is because generally applicable rules provide more predictable outcomes. Rules can provide the most efficient way to proceed, saving time and effort while simultaneously lessening the risk of error in a particular case.
Anyway, I guess I’m just upset that Los Angeles residents appear to be left out. 😉
Expect outrage over cultural elitism and similar charges, as the plan would definitely not be open to all UK and US citizens. My personal feeling is that the U.S. should fully re-open travel corridors to the United Kingdom and the European Union immediately. But this “air bridge” would mark progress and reward the good work New York and London have done (after screwing up so badly to start).
Do you see any pitfalls to a transatlantic air bridge between New York City and London?