United Airlines announced that it will offer rapid Covid testing on flights on the San Francisco x Hawaii route

United Airlines is poised to become the first airline in the US to offer rapid Covid-19 testing at airports before boarding its flights.

In a pilot program scheduled to begin on October 15, passengers on company United who flew from San Francisco to Hawaii will be the first to have the option to take a quick test at the airport, or buy a self-receipt test, which they would need to submit 72 hours before their trip.

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The airline has partnered with Abbott Laboratories to offer on-site coronavirus testing. Testing lets you see results within 15 minutes.

The price is still being determined, but passengers would have to cover the costs.

Our new COVID testing program is another way to help customers meet their destinations' entry requirements safely and conveniently," said Toby Enqvist, United's director of customers.

“We will look to rapidly expand customer testing to other US destinations and 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 filtration systems. air”, he concluded.

Covid-19 testing at the airport

San Francisco Airport. Photo: reproduction

Customers can schedule their visits online in advance to the on-site testing facilities which are located in the international terminal and will receive their results in approximately 15 minutes. GoHealth Urgent Care's dedicated COVID-19 testing area will be available from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

Covid-19 tests at the post office

The mail test option will be managed by Color and it is recommended that customers start testing at least 10 days before travel and provide their sample within 72 hours of travel. United will email customers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii with an invitation to purchase the self-collection kit at least 10 days prior to departure.

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