United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 test pilot program for travelers that could make it easier for them to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions to popular destinations around the world. Beginning October 15, customers traveling with the airline from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option of either a quick test at the airport or a self-collected mail test prior to their trip.
The rapid test – administered by GoHealth Urgent Care and its partner Dignity Health – provides results in approximately 15 minutes and will be available to United customers on the same day of their flight departing SFO. The mail test option will be administered by Color and it is recommended that customers begin testing at least 10 days prior to their trip and provide their sample within 72 hours of their trip.
“Our new COVID testing program is another way to help customers meet their entry requirements to their destinations, safely and conveniently,” said Toby Enqvist, United’s Director of Customer Service. “We will look to rapidly expand customer testing to other U.S. destinations and airports later this year to complement our state-of-the-art cleaning and safety measures that include a mandatory mask policy, antimicrobial spraying and our HEPA air filtration systems.
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