The U.S. Travel Association issued a statement taking issue with a statement made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor to the president, in support of a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel. Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy, said that science – including studies from the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Defense – overwhelmingly points to the safety of air travel as long as masks are worn. And with the federal mask mandate for all forms of public transportation and US airports extended through January, “proper tools are already in place to enable safe air travel for Americans.” U.S. Travel, she said, has long maintained that there should be no mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travel. Such a policy, she said,  “would have an unfair, negative impact on families with young children who are not yet eligible to get the vaccine.” Barnes did add that while U.S. Travel does not endorse a national vaccine mandate, the organization continues to believe that vaccines “are the fastest path back to normalcy for all.”