United Airlines (UAL) - Get Report will start to collect contact information from passengers when they check-in for their flights, as part of an effort by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
The program will be voluntary and will be used to help curb the spread of COVID-19 within the United States.
"Contact tracing is a fundamental component of the nation's public health response strategy for controlling the spread of communicable diseases of public health concern," said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in a statement with United. "Collection of contact information from air travelers will greatly improve the timeliness and completeness of information for COVID-19 public health follow-up and contact tracing."
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