United Airlines has started testing passengers for coronavirus

Oct 15 2020, 5:11 pm

Those traveling on United Airlines from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii Thursday morning were the first to experience the airline’s coronavirus testing program.

Passengers were given two testing options: take a same-day, pre-flight rapid test at the airport, or take a drive-through test at United’s San Francisco Maintenance Center 48-72 hours prior to departure.

The program allows customers who receive a negative result to bypass the state’s quarantine requirements. Those who test negative for coronavirus will be exempt from quarantine requirements in Lihue, Maui, and Honolulu. Customers traveling to Kona will be required to take a second complimentary test when they arrive on the island to avoid quarantining.

United was the first US carrier to announce plans to make coronavirus testing available to customers and has been approved by the Hawaii Department of Health as a trusted testing and travel partner.

“This collaboration of airlines, airports, and health providers truly creates a model for air travel that gives passengers a new level of confidence. My thanks go out to the entire team who helped us to take this important step forward,” said SFO Airport Director Ivar C. Satero in a press release.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

+ News
+ Coronavirus