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Airlines press U.S. to lift pre-departure testing requirements

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines are pressing the Biden administration to lift a 16-month-old rule requiring nearly all international air passengers with some exceptions to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the country. Airline executives say many Americans are not traveling internationally because of concerns they will test positive in a foreign country and then be stranded abroad. International U.S. air travel remains down about 15% from pre-pandemic levels. Airlines for America, an industry group, said Friday a survey of its carriers estimated that dropping …

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