The Trump administration has threatened fines against airlines if they do not share foreign passenger data with the Center for Disease Control.
According to The Hill:
The Trump administration has reportedly threatened airlines with fines unless they expand the types of data they collect on passengers to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Airlines have pushed back, saying they cannot immediately supply all the requested data, which some administration officials have said they don’t believe, CNN reports, citing three sources familiar with recent calls between airlines and government agencies.
One source told the network that officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have threatened recommending the White House order planes grounded in the U.S. if they do not provide the data.
The spread of coronavirus has been exacerbated by air travel, with infections present in at least 93 countries as of Monday, and the industry stands to lose more than $100 billion unless the spread of the virus is curtailed.
Democrat Representative Rick Larsen has stated that the airlines do not have all of the information that the CDC is requesting.