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Airlines Balk at U.S. Push for More Traveler Data in Virus Hunt

  • Government wants additional information to track passengers
  • Industry questions practicality ahead of White House meeting

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The Trump administration and U.S. airlines are clashing over how to collect and disseminate contact information for travelers entering the country as the government steps up efforts to track the coronavirus.

The dispute spilled into the open this week ahead of a White House meeting Wednesday between Vice President Mike Pence and airline executives. Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructed carriers to divulge each traveler’s name, email and U.S. address, plus two telephone numbers.