Roy Goldberg Quoted on Vaccines and Air Travel in Law360
Partner Roy Goldberg was quoted regarding COVID-19 vaccines and air travel in an April 2, 2021 Law360 article. According to Law360, the CDC has determined that traveling is a low-risk activity for fully vaccinated individuals, yet some airports and airlines have been experimenting with apps and other digital health passports that show proof-of-vaccination or proof-of-negative-test.
In the article, Roy noted that efforts by airlines and governments to use mechanisms to create a safer onboard environment during the pandemic are well-intended and may be critical in helping the industry recover. He cautioned that privacy rights of travelers will need to be fully considered with regard to information imparted by passengers. He added that although domestic airlines are not likely to implement “vaccine passports,” they may benefit indirectly from foreign airlines using passports as they feed transferring passengers to U.S. airlines and encourage travel by air.
Roy elaborated on the importance of making the public feel safe, stating that "both the Federal Aviation Administration face mask mandate and the proposals of an IATA Travel Pass are designed to raise the public's comfort level with airline travel."
Roy is a trial, appellate and regulatory attorney and transportation lawyer who represents corporations, partnerships, airlines, airports, trade associations, aircraft owners, airport vendors, developers and other aviation and transportation entities on a wide range of commercial and regulatory litigation matters. Additionally, he provides advice and counseling to airlines, airports and other aviation industry entities.