Push to reopen New York to London flights for the holidays

Plans for a so-called "air-bridge" between the two cities would test travelers for COVID-19 before flying as Tampa International Airport offers tests to all travelers no matter what.
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We wish him well. We turn to the big plans to restart oversees air travel stalled by the coronavirus. The U.S. Looking to increase the availability of covid tests and re-open flights between New York and London. Our transportation correspondent gio Benitez is at New York's Laguardia airport. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Amy, this is in the early stages, but right now some airports are offering up their own testing. A push to re-open travel between New York and London possibly before the holidays. Airline executives are working with fed authorities on creating an air bridge between the two cities where travels will be tested before flying it. It will be a great way to open the borders and the economy. Reporter: This as Tampa international airport becomes the first in the nation to offer covid tests to all travels. We've done about 80 people a day. Our peak day was about 140 people on one day. Reporter: Armts and airlines hope testing could get more people in the air. Which test should we be using? We're still looking for that holy grail in testing which is highly accurate, highly sensitive, but the sensitiity doesn't last weeks or month, is cheap and a rapid turn around time. Reporter: Experts say the gold standard is the pcr. It looks at the genetic material of the virus, making it highly accurate, but more expensive with longer wait times for results taking on average two to three days. You can detect dead virus for months after a patient has recovered. Reporter: Tests right now only detect if you have virus particles in your system. The anti-general test, often called a rapid test, is a newer test that looks at protein. It doesn't have to be shipped to a lab. Turn around time is as fast as 15 minutes. The turn around time is quick, 15 minutes. It's inexpensive. It can be done at a point of care. Reporter: Dr. Ellerin says the tests aren't super sensitive and don't pick up patients with a low amount of virus in their systems. Testing at home, the majority are nose swabs. Some labs authorized saliva screening. The NBA is part of the group to use them. When it comes to airport testing right now, it's optional. In Tampa the rapid test costs about 60 bucks, the pcr 120. T.J.? We want to turn to an alleged murder for hire plot.

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