Doug Parker told American Airlines employees this past week in a ‘Crew News’ meeting that while they encourage vaccination they will not require employees to get vaccinated for Covid-19, though noting that some countries may require vaccines for entry so employees who don’t may not be eligible to work certain flights.
If flight crew aren’t required to be vaccinated, I do not see how they would be able to require that passengers be vaccinated. Passengers would still be flying with crew who may not be.
- If the vaccines reduce transmission of the virus, which is likely, passengers wouldn’t be availing themselves of the full protection since crewmembers might not be vaccinated.
- American couldn’t claim ‘everyone on board has been vaccinated’ so they’d be unable to take advantage of any marketing benefits that would accrue from the requirement.
Of course by the time vaccine available is sufficiently widespread where it would be practical to require it, enough people will likely have been vaccinated so that the pandemic is controlled.
In November the CEO of American Airlines joint venture partner Qantas announced they planned to require vaccination in order to fly. U.S. airlines have had internal discussions about following suit. However I do not see how American Airlines could require passengers but not crew to have been vaccinated in order to travel.