United Airlines Starts Covid-19 Passenger Testing at SFO

By Paul Riegler on 16 October 2020
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Flight attendants serving pre-departure Mai Tais on United’s final 747 flight, which operated from SFO to HNL

United Airlines began to offer passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco the opportunity to take a pre-flight rapid coronavirus test at the airport on Thursday. The airline also offers drive-through testing at the airline’s maintenance center there in advance of the trip.

The move gives passengers a choice of a more expensive rapid test at the airport or a less expensive drive-through test in advance of the trip.

“In partnership with the San Francisco Airport, we look forward to helping re-open the Hawaiian economy, and look forward to making testing options more broadly available,” said Toby Enqvist, the airline’s chief customer officer.

At launch, the test will cost $250 per passenger.

Hawaiian authorities require a negative Covid-19 test in order to bypass strict quarantine restrictions by the state.

The drive-through test can be taken between 48 and 72 hours prior to departure. The Chicago-based carrier is offering the in-airport tests with GoHealth Urgent Care and Dignity Health using a rapid Abbott ID Now test that provides results in roughly 15 minutes.

The airline is planning to expand testing so that it is available to San Francisco passengers traveling to other destinations and also to other airports in the United States according to Toby Enqvist, the airline’s chief customer officer.

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