If you’re planning to travel overseas, you know you need your passport.
But the future of flying may require a new type of passport, one that proves you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.
As the latest battle between civil liberty organizations and government bureaucrats heats up yet again, travelers are caught in the middle and left wondering what they’ll be forced to succumb to next.
Yes, in addition to forcing passengers to pay for COVID-19 tests and wear masks just to fly – the latest “great idea” includes creating a digital “COVID-19 passport” which forces passengers to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Even entertainment venues and restaurants are toying around with the idea.
Of course, there are no concrete details, and one can’t even begin to imagine what this nightmare will entail.
Not to mention, it’s clear there are obvious problems with this latest looming mandate.
While, presently, only a small percentage of the world’s population even has access to the vaccine, what about those who choose NOT to get the COVID-19 vaccine… whether for personal, health, or religious reasons?
Should they be “banned” from flying?
And since the vaccine is so new, experts aren’t even sure just how effective it truly is.
At this moment, scientific evidence cannot yet prove at what percentage these vaccines actually stop someone from contracting COVID-19.
In fact, some experts say vaccinated folks can still catch COVID-19 – but they’ll simply be asymptomatic.
This makes sense, which is why those who have been vaccinated are still forced to wear masks in public.
And with each country having unique strains and variants of COVID-19 – what’s to guarantee a vaccine from one country will protect those from a different country?
But of course, President Biden doesn’t want to focus on these realities.
Instead, he’s instructed his team to look into the prospect and “feasibility” of creating a digital version of a COVID-19 vaccine record for travelers to use as their “digital passport.”
Civil liberty groups are warning the world about the dangers of requiring such mandates in order to travel.
“These so-called passports claim they would ensure those who can prove they have coronavirus immunity can start to return to normal life. Which raises the question — what happens to everyone else?” Liberty, the U.K.’s largest civil liberties organization, said in a press release earlier this month.
The press release on their website continued:
“We should all be able to live our lives free from unnecessary interference – any form of immunity passport would rob us of that. And history tells us that once we give up these hard-won rights, we rarely get them back.
Even the introduction of a voluntary passport to prove if you’ve had a vaccine could result in many being blocked from essential public services, work or housing. Meanwhile once these passports have been created for one purpose – like travel – it would be all too easy for their use to be extended and abused.”
Other pro-liberty organizations caution this digital passport could be the gateway into a full tracking system, interfering with the daily privacy of everyday citizens.
But, remember, Biden is all about creating travel anxiety and uncertainty.
This is how bureaucrats keep control over those they serve.
We’ll see if digital passports actually become the new law of the land.
But with Biden leading the charge…
… I wouldn’t exactly count on him to advocate to protect the privacy of travelers.
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