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United Airlines Trialing Free Covid Testing

Press release linked below. The highlights....

  • Trial runs from November 16th to December 11th on 3 weekly flights between EWR and LHR.
  • Tests are free for all those 2 years and older
  • If you don't want to take the test, you'll be put on a different flight
  • Their hope is to show that this sort of program can be used instead of quarantines and other travel restrictions

Posted by
31508 posts

it won't remove or get around the requirements here.

Posted by
4264 posts

I love that the airlines are trying these programs. I would feel so much more at ease on a flight like this, knowing that everyone had been tested, including myself and the travelers sitting next to me.

Posted by
100 posts

I am glad to see this. Our current situation is, in fact, quite bleak. But maybe some trials like this (if they work) can encourage others - whether it’s international air travel, or simply workplace screening. The more tools like this we have, the better our chances of getting a handle on things. As much as I continue to hope for an effective, readily available vaccine, steps like this may also help us along the way.

Posted by
1137 posts

it won't remove or get around the requirements here.

And nobody said it would.

As stated, it's a trial--they are trying something, maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. But, as others have noted, I appreciate them trying. And, also as noted above, at least you know everyone else on your flight has been tested right before the flight.