United Airlines Begins Offering Passenger COVID-19 Tests

United Airlines is making COVID-19 tests available to passengers powered in part by Color		
		
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United Airlines is making COVID-19 tests available to passengers powered in part by Color Darrell Etherington @etherington 8 hours

United now runs daily flights between San Francisco and Honolulu, Maui and Kona, and plans to increase service in October with additional flights to Lihue.

"Worksite Labs is proud to offer Hawaiian this innovative solution as we work to combat the current pandemic and provide more testing options so travelers can understand their COVID-19 status and enjoy their trip to Hawai'i while stimulating the local economy", said Gary Frazier, CEO of Worksite Labs.

"Convenient, widespread COVID-19 testing with fast and reliable results is critical to a return to normalcy and to accelerate the economic recovery", Color Chief Commercial Officer Caroline Savello said. However, this has stifled both the aviation and tourism industries.

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The testing will help passengers avoid an otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine in Hawaii.

Even while making extensive use of the 51 mobile testing units and ensuring the availability of RT-PCR test reports within 24 hours, the Dakshina Kannada district administration is getting an additional 60,000 rapid antigen testing kits to cover the vulnerable population.

The Chicago-based airline will launch the service October 15 only for customers traveling from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii, but says it will expand testing to other USA airports later this year, according to a press release. The rapid tests, developed by Abbott Laboratories, can provide results in 15 minutes. This is great from two perspectives. However, it also allows United to prescreen passengers for COVID-19 before boarding. All arriving passengers, adults and children, will be required to take a test prior to their arrival in Hawai'i. The state now requires all people arriving from out of state, including residents and tourists, to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival-except those who provide confirmation of a coronavirus test taken within the previous 72 hours. There is a second option. They've also been pleading for a federal policy requiring passengers to wear face masks. Travelers will be responsible for paying the cost of the test.

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United Airlines is operating more flights between Hawaii and the Contiguous United States than any other major carrier, and it is hoping to relaunch more flights later this month.

The program, which is also supported by GoHealth Urgent Care, is created to make it easier to manage quarantine and public health requirements at certain destinations.

Hawaiian's initial labs will be operational near Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) International airports, with more testing locations coming soon at its other USA mainland gateways.

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