Juliette Kayyem outlined her case for banning unvaccinated Americans from flying in The Atlantic
Republicans are lining up to take a swing at an Obama-era Homeland Security official for suggesting that unvaccinated Americans be put on a no-fly list, an idea Kentucky Senator Rand Paul called 'obscene' on Thursday.
'If we now disagree in our personal medical decisions with the left, they're going to declare that we're a terrorist and can't fly?' the senator posed on Fox & Friends.
Juliette Kayyem served as a former assistant secretary for Homeland Security under then-President Barack Obama and now runs a homeland security program at Harvard University.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Flying is not a right, and the case for restricting it to vaccinated people is straightforward: The federal government is the sole entity that can regulate the terms and conditions of airline safety. And although air-filtration systems and mask requirements make transmission of the coronavirus unlikely during any given passenger flight, infected people can spread it when they leave the airport and take off their mask,' she wrote in an op-ed for The Atlantic.
She called the ban on unvaccinated Americans an 'obvious step' for a federal government that recently rejected the idea of a US-wide vaccine mandate.
For vaccinated people, Kayyem argues, it's just one more inconvenience in order to fly on top of tossing water bottles, disclosing personal data and locking firearms in checked luggage.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul called Kayyem an 'idiot' for her suggestion on Fox & Friends Thursday
But she accuses the unvaccinated of rejecting health guidance, and says 'people who defy public-health guidance are not, and do not deserve to be, a protected class.'
Paul ripped Kayyem as an 'idiot.'
'It's complete collectivism - all of these people are the same people who hooted and hollered "Trump is leading us to authoritarianism" - what could be more authoritarian than a no-fly list for people who disagree with you?'
'Vaccinated people should no longer carry the burden for unvaccinated people,' Kayyem writes.
She also cited international travel bans - which most recently include the US restricting unvaccinated travelers from entering the country - as proof the system is within the realm of possibility.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer