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United First U.S. Airline to Offer COVID-19 Testing for Passengers

Rapid test at airport provides results in about 20 minutes and will cost $250

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first COVID-19 testing program for airline passengers in the United States will be introduced Oct. 15 by United Airlines.

Passengers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii can either order an at-home testing kit or reserve a time for a rapid test at the airport, CBS News reported.

The rapid test at San Francisco International Airport -- already available to airport and airline employees -- provides results in about 20 minutes and will cost $250. The at-home kit will cost $80 plus shipping and will be sent to a San Francisco lab for processing, and passengers will have results within 48 hours, CBS News reported.

Hawaii has had restrictions on tourists since March. But starting next month, the state will waive its two-week quarantine rule for travelers who have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. United hopes to eventually expand testing options to other U.S. cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, CBS News reported.

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