The German federal government is currently examining massive restrictions on air traffic to Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is said in the German media that she would prefer to ban all travel in general. But this is not constitutionally possible.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) brought a scenario into play on Tuesday that would severely restrict air traffic. He told Bildzeitung that the "threat posed by numerous virus mutations" requires that "drastic measures be examined". These are now being discussed within the federal government. "This includes much stricter border controls, especially at the borders with high-risk areas, but also the reduction of air traffic to Germany to almost zero, as Israel is currently doing to prevent the introduction of the virus mutation," the politician told Bild .
The medium also writes that Angela Merkel is said to have told her parliamentary group leaders during a video conference that she wants to thin out air traffic so much “that you can no longer get anywhere”. She also stated that many Germans would continue to fly on vacation and that some of them would disregard the entry regulations. Merkel is said to have put in the room: "Why can't we ban these trips?"
By the way, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is Israel as a model. He points out that the country had sealed itself off by air in order to prevent the introduction of mutations. However, this comparison is flawed, because Israel has the best protected borders in the world, so that an unnoticed entry - in contrast to Germany - is virtually impossible even by land and sea. An implementation based on this model does not seem realistic, because anyone who wants to travel will find a way. In an emergency with the car at night without lights on a dirt road.