Qantas has rejected a suggestion from Victoria’s Premier that airline employees might be skilled to examine journey permits, after two ladies arrived in Melbourne from Sydney with out legitimate permits and later examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned he didn’t need to ship Victorian officers to Sydney to examine permits earlier than individuals boarded flights.
“There are permits, and possibly we will prepare individuals at Qantas to do that necessary work,” Mr Andrews mentioned.
“The choice is that they flip up right here and we flip them round and we ship them again. Now, meaning they’re on two flights as a substitute of 1, they’re in airports, they’re a danger.
“It’s significantly better in the event that they’re not making that journey as a result of they’re not permitted by legislation to make that journey.”
Nevertheless, a spokeswoman for Qantas mentioned airline employees couldn’t make selections on who may cross borders.
“We agree this shouldn’t be taking place however skilled officers ought to determine who can and might’t cross state borders, not airline employees. Notably as journey restrictions differ a lot between states and territories that we fly to and are continuously altering,” the spokeswoman mentioned.
“It isn’t attainable for airline employees to examine whether or not passengers are telling the reality of their declarations, as was the case this week.
“A yr in the past, we prompt to governments that they take a nationwide strategy to frame compliance, with well being officers screening individuals leaving hotspots, fairly than once they arrive at their vacation spot. This prompt strategy has not been taken up.”
The 2 ladies who flew from Sydney to Melbourne have been put into resort quarantine once they arrived and have since examined optimistic. Every girl has been fined round $5000.