Delta Air Lines said it will begin asking international travelers coming into the United States for coronavirus contact tracing information.
In a new memo released Thursday, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said passengers can voluntarily submit their name, address, email and two phone numbers to “provide essential tracing information directly to the Centers for Disease Control, if needed."
No major coronavirus outbreaks have been traced to a commercial airline flight in the United States — but there have not been any widespread tracing efforts.
Delta’s move is a first by a US carrier after the White House coronavirus task force asked airlines to administer contact tracing programs themselves rather than having the government handle.
In June, Vice President Mike Pence told major airlines to move forward with an industry-led solution for contact tracing of passengers.