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Major airlines urge White House to end COVID international air travel testing rules

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WASHINGTON — Major airlines, business and

travel groups on Wednesday urged the White House to end COVID-19

pre-departure testing requirements for vaccinated international

passengers traveling to the United States.

In a letter to White House coronavirus response coordinator

Jeff Zients, Airlines for America, the US Chamber of Commerce,

Aerospace Industries Association, the US Travel Association

and other groups urgently sought the change, saying, “Surveys of

air passengers indicate that pre-departure testing is a leading

factor in the decision not to travel internationally. People

simply are unwilling to take the chance that they will be unable

to return to the US”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)