United Will Test Passengers for COVID-19
Airlines have already been taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as passengers start flying again. Airlines are keeping middle seats empty, implemented new cleaning procedures and more. But now United Airlines is going one step further, by introducing rapid-response COVID-19 tests.
United Airlines will become the first US airline to offer testing to some of its passengers. This will initially be a pilot testing program for Hawaii-bound passengers beginning October 15 out of San Francisco, WDHD reports. This will help visitors to Hawaii to avoid quarantine requirements as the state starts opening up.
Hawaii will lift a two-week quarantine requirement for arriving travelers on October 15, as long as they test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure. United passengers will have to pay for the COVID-19 test, but the pricing has not been announced yet.
The COVID-19 test will be conducted in the international terminal and results will be provided in about 15 minutes. Testing will be provided by health technology company Abbott. Customers will have a mail-in option that can be completed in the days before departure.
If successful, this COVID-19 testing pilot program will make it easier for travelers to visit countries and regions where entry is prohibited unless they show a recent test with negative results.