Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs and Atlantic magazine billionaire owner, is pushing the Biden administration to mandate vaccines in order to be allowed to fly. She published an article on Thursday that urges a “no-fly list for unvaccinated adults” as “an obvious step that the federal government should take.”
She also noted that unvaccinated people should “face scorn among their peer group” and “may even be happy to have an excuse to protect themselves.”
“If you submit to heightened scrutiny in advance,” the Jobs publication continues, the “TSA PreCheck lets you go through security without taking off your shoes; a no-fly list keeps certain people off the plane entirely.”
The magazine continues:
Flying is not a right, and the case for restricting it to vaccinated people is straightforward: The federal government is the sole entity that can regulate the terms and conditions of airline safety. And although air-filtration systems and mask requirements make transmission of the coronavirus unlikely during any given passenger flight, infected people can spread it when they leave the airport and take off their mask. The whole point of international-travel bans is to curb infections in the destination country; to protect itself, the United States still has many such restrictions in place. Beyond limiting the virus’s flow from hot spots to the rest of the country, allowing only vaccinated people on domestic flights will change minds, too.
The Atlantic went on to say unvaccinated people who are exercising their individual rights as free Americans “do not deserve” to be a “protected class.”
“Amid a global health crisis, people who defy public-health guidance are not, and do not deserve to be, a protected class,” the Atlantic added, stating that unvaccinated people “do not deserve” to be a “protected class.”
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