The White House is contemplating a ban on commercial domestic flying to Covid-19 hotspots.

Answering questions at his Wednesday press briefing, President Donald Trump said particular consideration is being given to banning flights that go from one city with a major outbreak to another.

“I am looking where flights are going into hotspots. Some of those flights I didn’t like from the beginning,” Trump said. “But closing up every single flight on every single airline, that’s a very, very rough decision.”

Trump wasn’t specific about the markets he is considering, but any list of major hotspots would almost surely include the New York/New Jersey area. Detroit, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Seattle are other markets with major Covid-19 outbreaks. 

Trump said a reason for his hesitance to shut the industry down entirely is that restarting operations would be a challenge for carriers. But he said the White House is weighing the balance between keeping the industry afloat and risking further virus spread.

“That is a calculation that we’re looking at right now. We’re looking at it very strongly,” he said.

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