Is this the future of Covid-era air travel? Ryanair promotes ‘jab & go’
Ryanair has once again stirred up social media, this time with an advert suggesting that international travel is just a quick jab away, after the company previously said Covid-19 vaccines would not be required to fly with them.
The Irish low-cost airline currently features a promotion which blissfully declares: “Book summer, vaccines are coming.” The ad features a gloved hand holding a syringe and a vial labelled “vaccine,” with the catchphrase: “Jab & go!”
Although the advert could be interpreted as a vaccination service offered by Ryanair, there doesn’t appear to be any information pointing to ‘one-stop jab-and-fly packages’. Clicking on the banner takes you to a page listing discounted prices for tickets to destinations across Europe starting in April, but it does include a list of Covid-19 test sites in Ireland, and booking of the low-cost flights also doesn’t appear to provide any information about any vaccine ‘deal’.
Anger over the ad, whatever its intentions may be, is perhaps understandable. The airline signalled last month that it saw no need to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for travellers, arguing that such a measure wouldn’t be “relevant for short-haul flights in Europe.”
Airlines have already begun to roll out Covid-19 ‘passports’ used to verify a passenger’s test results and vaccine status for the virus. On Wednesday, Singapore Airlines became the first major carrier to begin trials of a digital health certificate developed by a major airline lobby, the International Air
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Transport Association (IATA). Several other airlines, including Australia’s Qantas, have said that the resumption of international travel will require some form of health passport to help retrieve it more quickly and safely.
Whatever Ryanair’s intention at this early stage of vaccination, is this the future of air travel... no vaccine, no flight?