Airlines Won’t Call “Vaccine Passports” Vaccine Passports

( Airlines across the United States and the rest of the world are preparing to introduce vaccine passports…but they don’t want you to know that they’re vaccine passports. Instead, according to a report from Yahoo News, they’ll use the term “digital certificates” instead.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian also admitted that the decision was made purely because people don’t like the idea of vaccine passports, saying that the phrase “carries too many connotations.”

Bastian said that his airline is “more focused on a credential, travel credential, if you will, to indicate that you’ve been vaccinated or tested based on the regulatory requirements,” earlier this year, and predicted that all international passengers will be required to prove that they have some kind of immunity from COVID-19 – either from, the vaccine or from having recently recovered from the virus.

You know what that means? A passport…for vaccines.

A vaccine passport.

So when airlines finally get around to implementing some kind of system for checking whether passengers have taken the vaccine, don’t expect them to call it a vaccine passport. If Bastian is right, it may be simply termed a “digital certification.”

That is unless you live in Texas, Florida, or Arizona. The Republican governors of all three states have already announced executive orders that stop vaccine passports, or any kind of “digital certificate,” from being used to determine whether passengers are able to fly.

This week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that state and local governments could not require Arizonians to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status in order to receive a status – but the sticking point may be that the executive order does not affect businesses.

“The residents of our state should not be required by the government to share their private medical information,” Governor Ducey said. “While we strongly recommend all Arizonans get the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s not mandated in our state — and it never will be. Vaccination is up to each individual, not the government.”

In order for airlines to know for sure that they can implement these so-called “digital certificates,” state legislatures must follow through on the executive orders and expand that law to private businesses. And in the likes of Florida, where the Republicans have a strong legislative majority, that could well occur.

The United Kingdom is reportedly planning to implement an international travel policy requiring people to prove that they have been vaccinated before they travel.

It’s a terrifying proposal that could effectively ban people from traveling if they don’t want to take a vaccine.

But, hey, at least it’s not called a vaccine passport.