Qantas Airlines CEO: Proof of coronavirus vaccine will be required of all international passengers
SYDNEY, Australia, November 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Alan Joyce, the openly homosexual CEO of Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, has publicly confirmed that his nation’s flag carrier will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all international passengers.
Appearing as a guest on the Australian television program A Current Affair, Joyce was asked by hostess Tracy Grimshaw, “Alan, when there is a vaccine, are you going to require all of your passengers to be vaccinated before they get on a plane?”
Joyce responded, “Yeah, we are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say, for international travelers that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft. Whether you need that domestically, we’ll have to see what happens with COVID-19 and the market, but certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”
Joyce indicated that such a requirement is likely to become an industry standard. “I think that’s going to be a common thing, talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” he said.
“His comments sparked an immediate wave of fury from people who objected to the policy,” she wrote. A number of Twitter users angrily weighed in.
I will never use Qantas ever again and I hope the world boycotts any company that uses this behaviour. ✌️— Hugh Finn (@Hughbanjo) November 23, 2020
Forcing a medical procedure upon a person against their will is a violation of the Nuremberg code.— Jim Corr (@Jimcorrsays) November 23, 2020
Making a potentially dangerous and unnecessary vaccine a mandatory condition before flight is a step too far. I wont be flying with @Qantas again until this rule is abolished.
Qantas could have gone with any number of options. Rapid testing. Proof of negative test on flying but it's attempting to force a medical decision on customers. Im not anti vax. I'm vaccinated. I am also vehemently anti corporate bullying under the guise of "health".#CovidAu— GemmaTognini (@GemmaTognini) November 23, 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated in August that he expects a COVID-19 vaccine will be “as mandatory as you can possibly make it.” Following a significant and immediate backlash, he walked back his comments saying there will be “no compulsory vaccine but there will be a lot of encouragement and measures to get as high a rate of acceptance as usual.”
In September LifeSiteNews drew attention to the fact that the state of Western Australia passed a law that allows police officers or other “authorized officers” to “restrain individuals and, if deemed necessary, forcibly remove their underwear in order to administer a vaccine.”
However, an attempted clarification offered that “[t]hese powers are only enforceable under a public health state of emergency, as was declared in Western Australia on 23 March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The government should have declared the emergency over months ago,” Dr. Rocco Loiacono, senior lecturer at the Curtin Law School in Western Australia, told LifeSiteNews at the time, “but of course they will not now relinquish these newfound powers.”
Originally an Irish national, Joyce also affirmed interest in establishing “an electronic version” of “a vaccination passport” to be required for all international travelers.
Joyce and his longtime “partner,” Shane Lloyd, live in an inner-city suburb of Sydney.