Oct 29, 2020

United Airlines to trial airport Covid testing

Testing airline passengers for coronavirus is "The key to reopening the world economy" United Airlines' boss Scott Kirby has told the BBC. The airline is starting Covid-19 tests on some flights from Newark airport, near New York, to London Heathrow. From 16 November it is launching a four-week trial of what it says are the world's first free Covid-19 tests for transatlantic passengers. Everyone over the age of 2 will be tested on arrival at the airport and held in an airport lounge for the 15-20 minutes it will take to get the results. Anyone who doesn't want to be tested will be moved to other flights so that the airline can guarantee all those on board have tested negative. The UK government has been relatively slow to embrace airport testing for coronavirus.

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