United to Ask All Passengers for Contact-Tracing Information

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 10:15am

United Airlines during the next few weeks will begin asking all passengers during check-in to voluntarily provide contact information to assist any contract-tracing efforts, the carrier announced Wednesday. 

The program will allow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "immediate access" to passengers' volunteered email addresses, phone numbers and the addresses of where they are staying at their destination, according to the carrier, which "were previously difficult for the CDC to obtain in real time."