Blade air taxi company demands COVID-19 photos for passengers

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Helicopter taxi company Blade Air Mobility, which flies passengers to luxury destinations such as the Hamptons, on Thursday demanded that from next month its passengers be vaccinated against COVID- 19.

Eligible passengers must be fully immunized at least two weeks before their flight, with a few exceptions such as departures from Florida, the company said.

Blade, who charges about $ 795 per seat for a one-way helicopter ride from New York to the Hamptons, added that he can refuse service to any passenger who does not provide proof of vaccination. The company also operates flights between the New York and Manhattan helipads.

The New York-based company was one of a series of transportation companies, which went public through a merger with a blank check company. The company was valued at a pro forma net worth of $ 825 million at closing. (

U.S. airlines have yet to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for passengers, but last week United Airlines Inc became the first U.S. airline to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all domestic employees. (Reporting by Shreyasee Raj and Abhijith Ganapavaram in Bengaluru; editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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