Testing dropped for domestic travelers vaccinated against COVID-19???
   Did anyone at AOPA read the article by Alyssa J. Cobb before publishing it?  When was testing ever required to travel "Domestically"?  What is the author even talking about...poorly written and very inaccurate and misleading.   AOPA should be the source of actual news, not Fake News. 
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Hi David,
The CDC did have a recommendation in place for travelers to get tested before flying domestically, and that recommendation has been dropped.
The government was considering mandating testing before domestic flights, as it had mandated (and still mandates) for travelers on international flights entering the country. AOPA and many other aviation and travel organizations opposed the idea. You can read AOPA’s position and advocacy efforts here. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2021/february/11/aviation-groups-oppose-idea-of-domestic-air-travel-coronavirus-testing
After AOPA and others’ outreach, the CDC stopped short of mandating the testing for domestic travelers but kept the recommendation. You can read more about that here. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2021/february/16/cdc-stops-short-of-requiring-testing-for-domestic-air-travel
Best regards,
Thanks for the reply.  Huge difference between "testing consideration" and your headline that stated "testing dropped".

Hi David, I apologize for the confusion this is causing you. The CDC has had a recommendation in place for months to get tested before flying domestically. My latest article is based on their recent announcement that they have dropped that recommendation. In my further explanation to you, I included background information that the CDC had considered a mandate, but they ended up deciding not to mandate it and leave it a recommendation. That was from over a month ago. This most recent one is that their recommendation for testing was dropped. Many pilots follow the CDC's recommendations, such as wearing masks and social distancing. That is why AOPA felt it pertinent to let pilots know that when traveling domestically the CDC had dropped the recommendation to get tested first.