Pre-Flight Testing Validated as United Airlines London-Bound Passenger Tests Positive

By Anna Breuer on 17 November 2020
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London from the air

A passenger who was scheduled to travel on United Airlines’ first “Covid-19-free” flight on Monday tested positive during the pre-flight testing process near the departure gate and was denied boarding.

The passenger, who was not identified, did not travel to London.

“The fact that we’re able to identify a passenger yesterday who did test positive and prevent that passenger from traveling shows why these program are important,” a spokesman for United told FBT in an interview.

United Flight 14 left the gate at 7:14 p.m. local time and took off from Newark Liberty International Airport at 7:29 p.m.  The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took just six hours and ten minutes to get to London and, gate-to-gate, the entire flight took six hours and 33 minutes.

All passengers on board the aircraft – there were approximately 40, the airline said – did test negative in the pre-flight testing.

Last month, United’s chief customer officer, Toby Enqvist, said the airline would “guarantee” that everyone on these flights tested negative for the coronavirus.

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