International travelers at Calgary International Airport say it’s time to end COVID-19 border measures and travel restrictions.
“Now we have a federal government that likes to make the rules and manage people’s lives,” said Alan Chatenay, who returned to Calgary from Dallas.
“It’s like the rest of the world has moved on[fromCOVID-19restrictions]and Canada was stuck a year ago.”
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Chatnay says it’s a step in the right direction, but mask mandates on planes and trains should also be lifted.
“Passing through a busy airport like Dallas Fort Worth, one of the busiest airports in the world, and boarding a Canadian flight, or an American flight arriving in Canada, you are often asked to wear a mask. he said.
“It’s crazy, and we’re just lost.”
Al Tollman doesn’t understand the need for masks.
“Why do I have to sit on a plane, be fully vaccinated, and sit for a mask.
Travelers like Daniela Carmona say they understand that restrictions are being lifted, but urge everyone to remain vigilant.
“I think it’s very important that we all keep each other safe,” she said.
“Regulations are being lifted, but we are very conscientious about what is happening around us.”
Brian Smith flew in from Maine last week. ArriveCAN has made the trip a little less stressful, he says.
“Okay, I understand the need, but it’s painful and much harder than it used to be,” he said.
All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the U.S. by air must show proof of being fully immunized against COVID-19.
The Calgary Airport Authority welcomes news of the new changes.
Calgary Airport Authority Vice President Carmel Funka said:
In a statement, Air Canada said it was “a science-based advocate for safe travel.”
“Current science supports the easing of these measures, and we welcome this as an aid to Canadian industry’s further recovery from COVID,” the statement read.
“Such measures would be consistent with measures already taken by many other countries around the world.”
WestJet says it hopes the measures will go away.
Andy Gibbons, Vice President of External Affairs, said: “For the sake of our guests and our employees, who should be empowered to make the best decisions for them, we strongly support removing all remaining outdated measures. .
“Air travel continues to be a hot topic and current policies are at odds with existing global consensus.”
Gibbons added that he hopes mask mandates will become “optional” to protect airline staff.
“Canada’s mandatory masking policy needs to transition to optional to reflect the realities of consumer activity in Canada and around the world,” he said.
“Mandatory mask policies are becoming increasingly unenforceable.”
Incompatibility of masks
According to WestJet, in 2022 alone, there will be 1,100 reported non-conforming masks, up from last year.
These conditions resulted in one aircraft turnaround, nine gate turnarounds, and 74 flights, with the cabin doors reopened after boarding to unload unruly guests.
According to Gibbons, non-compliance with masks has led to a significant increase in unruly behavior, leading to verbal and physical assaults.
Prime Minister Jason Kenny says he has been urging the prime minister for months to lift restrictions, recalling a conversation last December.
“Why would you do this if it doesn’t prevent contagion,” said Kenny.
“He[Prime Minister Justin Trudeau]essentially said, ‘Mr. Jason of the State holds all the levers. The only lever we have is travel related. I We have to be seen doing something.”
The federal government will not confirm news from sources on Tuesday as to whether an announcement is scheduled for Sept. 30.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said no decision had been made, citing the importance of ArriveCAN.
“ArriveCAN is an important tool for processing travelers with mandatory vaccination requirements,” Alghabra said.