Survey Results: Vaccinations At Aviation Events Polarize Aviation

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After the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that it would require vaccinations or proof of a recent negative COVID test for attendees at its October 12-14, 2021, Convention in Las Vegas, we decided to ask you how you felt about the subject. We were surprised by your answers to one of the questions and we were shocked at one other trend we saw.

On the question of whether NBAA was within its ethical rights to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, the divide was quite even, considering that NBAA is a private organization and would, presumably, be granted the right to require whatever it wanted, but 44% of respondents said it was not within its rights to have such a requirement. The key to the high number of naysayers is likely the word “ethical” that we included in the question. About 56% of those who participated in the survey said the organization was within its rights.

The next question, is NBAA being overly cautious in issuing the restriction, was very evenly divided, with 53% saying it was being too careful and 47% thinking the level of caution was wise. This despite the rise of the delta variant of the coronavirus and the attendant rise in hospitalizations and deaths of Americans from COVID-19 over the past couple of months.

It’s hard to believe, but the split in opinion was more evenly divided when we asked if you would attend an aviation event that had such a requirement, with 49% saying that they would and 51% saying that they would not. (We didn’t ask why respondents made their decisions, though it’s likely that the reason for many is that they object to such requirements to the point that they would not participate in them.)

Finally, in a redo of a question we’ve posed before in other surveys, we asked where aviation was in terms of our recovery from the effects of the pandemic. To our surprise, just 12% felt as though we were already there, with 10% saying we’d be beyond it in a few months or so. In contrast, nearly 80% thought it would be six months to a year or longer before aviation got on top of this pandemic.

Thanks for participating!

Want more information on proof of vaccination status for pilots and passengers? Click here: Why Vaccine Passports Are the New Cultural Battleground in Aviation


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