Traveling during the pandemic has become challenging for travelers and travel industries. Every travel industry is finding different ways to cope with COVID-19. Major steps have been taken by the governments, public and private sectors, where there has been badly hit in tourism sectors.
To cope up with this situation, United Airlines is setting up to offer the rapid COVID-19 test to their passenger in October.
A passenger traveling in United airlines from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii’s Airport will have the option to go for a rapid test at the airport since 15th October.
Passenger can even opt for the self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip. The mail-in option, administered by Color, requires travelers to test themselves at home at least 10 days before their trip and provide an additional sample within 72 hours of their trip.
The United airlines said in their statement that the testing will help travelers to better manage the quarantine requirements in the destinations. Previously, this testing was offered to flight crews only, but the airline is now expanding it to customers as well. The test facilities will be provided by Abbott Laboratories and administered by GoHealth Urgent Care that provides rapid results in about 15 minutes.
Toby Enqvist, Chief Customer Officer at United airlines said in a statement that the airline is planning to expand customer testing to other destinations and U.S. airports later this year.
Dubai Airport in collaboration with Emirates airlines was the first airline that has started offering rapid tests to passengers on arrival to Dubai in April. Beside, Emirates airlines have been covering for COVID-19 treatment for the traveler’s traveling via emirates airlines since July.