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Politics United offering coronavirus tests to passengers flying to Hawaii

02:45  28 september  2020
02:45  28 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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United Airlines will offer some Hawaii -bound customers rapid-response coronavirus tests at the The nasal swab tests could later provide an opening for passengers to enter regions that are Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 won't be allowed to fly . United 's Hawaii customers from San

United Airlines Holdings will offer on-the-spot coronavirus testing to customers flying to Hawaii who are willing to pay 0 to avoid a two-week quarantine on arrival. The carrier hopes the testing regimen can be expanded to help pave the way toward reigniting international travel, which collapsed during

United Airlines on Thursday announced it will offer rapid coronavirus testing for passengers flying from San Francisco to Hawaii, making it the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 pilot testing program.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: United offering coronavirus tests to passengers flying to Hawaii © Getty Images United offering coronavirus tests to passengers flying to Hawaii

The airline said that passengers will have the option of either taking a rapid test at San Francisco International Airport or a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip to Hawaii starting on Oct. 15.

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United will offer Covid-19 testing for Hawaii -bound passengers beginning October 15 out of San Francisco, in a pilot testing program that the airline hopes to extend to other destinations. (CNN) — United Airlines will become the first US airline to offer coronavirus testing to some of its passengers .

Bottom View of Passenger Airplane Flying Over Tropical Palm Trees. United Airlines will soon be offering passengers the option to take a COVID-19 test at the airport. "We'll look to quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and U.S. airports later this year to complement our

The rapid test is being administered by GoHealth Urgent Care and produces results in about 15 minutes. Passengers who opt for the mail-in test, which is administered by Color, are encouraged to send in their sample within 72 hours of their departure.

United said it worked with Hawaii officials to ensure that any passenger who tests negative on either test would not have to undergo the state-mandated 14-day quarantine requirement upon arrival.

"Our new COVID testing program is another way we are helping customers meet their destinations' entry requirements, safely and conveniently," said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United. "We'll look to quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and U.S. airports later this year to complement our state-of-the-art cleaning and safety measures that include a mandatory mask policy, antimicrobial and electrostatic spraying and our hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems."

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United Airlines was the first U.S. airline to announce that it would be offering coronavirus rapid tests to passengers . 15 and will be offered to passengers flying from San Francisco to Hawaii , FOX Business previously reported. German airline Lufthansa also announced this week that it would be

United plans to offer COVID-19 tests for passengers flying from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii . The dedicated coronavirus testing area will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT daily, the airline said. A United Airlines employee is pictured taking a COVID-19 test in a provided

United first started working with GoHealth Urgent Care in July to test its international flight crews at San Francisco International.

"We are excited about expanding our partnership with United and continuing to support their proactive safety measures," said Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care.

Hawaii has had 11,689 confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began and 122 deaths, according to the state's Department of Health.

Besides implementing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people entering the state, Hawaii has also postponed plans to reopen its tourism industry to Oct. 1.

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