JetBlue to Offer Travelers At-Home Covid-19 Tests

By Anna Breuer on 28 September 2020
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JetBlue Airways said Monday it will offer customers access to discounted at-home coronavirus tests to travel in such cases where a negative test result is needed.

The airline said it will partner with Vault Health, a health education company that pivoted into coronavirus testing with the start of the pandemic.

The tests are intended for travelers such as those to Hawaii where a negative coronavirus test will allow the traveler to bypass self-quarantine rules or, in some jurisdictions, where it is required to enter a country.

“We want to make sure our customers have options for testing, especially prior to travel,” said Joanna Geraghty, the airline’s president.

The at-home saliva polymyrase chain reaction, or PCR, test will be sent to the traveler, who will then take it under the supervision of a Vault Health employee via a video link. The sample is sent via overnight courier to a laboratory and results are available within 72 hours.

Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests that can detect the coronavirus, namely moleculartests, such the PCR test, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigentests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.

While JetBlue did not indicate the cost of the test, it did say on the landing page it created for the program that the tests may be reimbursable by the traveler’s health insurance under provisions of the CARES Act.

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