Biden’s special-interest science: Only airlines escape his vax mandate

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Is President Joe Biden Following Science? If the White House wins in court, you’ll soon need a COVID-19 vaccine to keep your job at any company with more than 100 employees. Yet you don’t need a vaccine to fly with more than 100 strangers.

Effective January, unless you only work at home, the Biden-ordered Occupational Safety and Health Administration directive requires you to get a vaccine or test weekly — or be fired from your job. White House Arguments That “Workers Without Vaccines” face serious danger.,

In addition, the federal government says it has mandate authority as the longtime regulator of workplace safety.

Finally: The White House says it is not placing an undue burden on large employers, who have the “administrative ability to promptly implement the requirements of the standard.”

Do these arguments make sense?

an appeals court don’t think so,

This month, it suspended the mandate. The judges ruled that this is a “rare government declaration that is both inclusive,” applies to workers in “virtually all industries,” and ignoring the fact that workers in smaller companies are at the same “grave danger.”

    Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said there would be no additional COVID-19 prevention methods on the planes because the masks were "highly effective".
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said there would be no additional COVID-19 prevention methods on the planes because the masks were “highly effective”.
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But even the White House doesn’t think the mandate makes sense.

That is, when the same logic applies to another area of ​​communal stranger-on-stranger activity: air travel.

On Thanksgiving, Americans fly to meet friends and family in close numbers to pre-Covid travel with 2.3 million people flight on wednesday,

A White House directive is set to take effect in January that requires you to get a vaccine or a weekly test -- or be fired from your job.
A White House directive is set to take effect in January that requires you to get a vaccine or a weekly test — or be fired from your job.
Reuters/Francis Cocoroco/File photo

Yet the supposedly science-based administration shies away from applying workplace logic to home-airline customers.

Asked on “Meet the Press” ahead of Turkey Day whether the government would require in-flight vaccinations, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said no, because there are masks.best effective,

It makes no sense to say that masks are “effective” for flying but not in the workplace. Flying, remember, is not limited to an aircraft where passengers wear masks and the air expands rapidly. This includes airline terminals, which are buildings, often crowded, where people eat and drink.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker has said it would not be physically possible to test vaccines without huge delays.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker has said it would not be physically possible to test vaccines without huge delays.
Reuters / Sumaya Hisham

If it’s “effective” to wear a mask three inches away from a dozen people in a TSA line that you’ve never seen before, it’s “effective” to wear a mask three feet away from your colleagues.

What about the other two norms of the government? As for the federal authority to set a rule: Flying is one of the most regulated areas of American life. Washington may ask you to take off your shoes at LaGuardia but not on the street.

and feasibility? Hmm, it’s not possible to inspect people’s vaccine passports or electronic test results, says an interested party: airlines.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said it would not be physically possible to test vaccines “without huge delays”. said in august — a position held by its competitors held since,

How can it be impossible for airlines to check vaccines but easy for employers to implement a blanket, retrospective document check?

For decades, airlines have checked people’s driving licenses or passports against their boarding passes and kept track of people’s baggage. Airlines check documents every time people fly, while employers check documents once you are hired.

Airline executives say they do not want to decide which discount is valid. Okay, but it won’t be easy for private employers.

Either a consistent standard for exemptions works for both — a doctor’s note, a declaration of religious belief — or it doesn’t work for both.

If it’s hard for an airline clerk to determine whether someone’s religious beliefs are honest in a matter of minutes, it hurts equally for a human-resources officer to determine whether someone’s doctor is actually a doctor. Or not. extra time only makes a Excessive burden.

There is also the matter of coercion. Whether you think the vaccine mandate is a good idea or not, workers who get vaccinated to keep their jobs are doing so under pressure. Most people work because they need to make money. Being fired is a major life event.

Conversely, none Is To fly, not to the extent that they have to work.

Biden is following the science, of course — the science of special interests. It is bowing to a powerful, focused industry, one that $54 billion won In the hedge fund last year.

Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is reportedly immune to political pressures, has went to say “If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people. , , You should be vaccinated” to “I don’t see it right away”.

Biden’s lawyers will have to explain this disparity in court — almost certainly before the Supreme Court. Judges would be surprised that going to office puts an unvaccinated person in “grave danger,” but going to an airport doesn’t.

Nicole Gelinas is a contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.

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