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AA to offer customers option of taking virus test


AA to offer customers option of taking virus test
Customers on some routes will have the option of a COVID-19 test. (FILE)

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Washington – Starting as early as next month, travellers en route to Hawaii, Jamaica and The Bahamas will have the option of taking a test before their trip at participating airports including Miami International Airport (MIA) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

American Airlines will soon offer passengers the option of taking a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) test before they fly. According to an announcement made by the airline this week, American is working with foreign governments in Jamaica and the Bahamas and will soon be rolling out a variety of pre-flight COVID-19 testing options for passengers as early as next month.

“The pandemic has changed our business in ways we never could have expected, but all the while, the entire American Airlines team has eagerly tackled the challenge of reimagining the way we deliver a safe, healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our customers,” Robert Isom, President of American Airlines said in a statement. “Our plan for this initial phase of preflight testing reflects the ingenuity and care our team is putting into rebuilding confidence in air travel, and we view this as an important step in our work to accelerate an eventual recovery of demand.”

In addition to Jamaica and The Bahamas, the Fort Worth based airline says they’re also working to develop a series of testing options for travellers en route to Hawaii. Starting October 15, the airline hopes to begin a pre-flight COVID-19 testing programme at its Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) hub for travellers en route to Honolulu (HNL) and Maui (OGG). The three testing options American is proposing for travellers to Hawaii are as follows:

  • At-home test from LetsGetChecked, observed by a medical professional via virtual visit, with results expected in 48-hours on average.
  • In-person testing at a CareNow urgent care location.
  • Onsite rapid testing, administered by CareNow, at DFW.

American is the latest airline to announce they would begin a pre-flight testing programme for travellers going to Hawaii. Earlier this month, United Airlines said they would be offering testing for passengers travelling from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii starting October 15.

The airline has partnered with tele-health companies LetsGetChecked and CareNow and said testing must be completed within 72-hours of the final leg of departure. Travelers who test negative will be exempt from Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine. (