United Airlines to rapid test all passengers on select London flights

The airline announces that all passengers on some flights from Newark to London will get a free rapid COVID test inside its United club to help reopen international travel.
2:16 | 10/29/20

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to boost confidence. United announcing it will test all passengers on select flights from Newark to London starting mid-november. Our transportation correspondent gio Benitez is at Newark airport with the details, good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, good morning, George. United will use this before the Thanksgiving holiday when millions are expected to travel. This morning, a first look at new testing aimed at re-opening international travel. United airlines announcing it will test all passengers on some flights from Newark to London starting in about two weeks. We can operationalize this type of testing to better support the need for travel and opening up these markets again. Reporter: For the pilot program the airline will offer a free rapid covid test inside its united club. The test is the Abbott I.D. Now that is widely used but not as sensitive as the lab run pcr test and may not pick up patients with a low amount of virus in their system. The Abbott I.D. Rapid test is great but it's not perfect. It C identify those individuals that may have high viral load but are asymptomatic but also can lead to false Reporter: It will launch just as cases in Europe are on the rise. I think this type of travel program helps reassure people that we're not importing the virus or contributing to its spread. Reporter: This on the heels of a Harvard review that says the risk of covid-19 transmission aboard a plane is reduced to very low levels by onboard ventilation systems coupled with masks, cabin cleaning andtancing during boarding and deplaning but researchers are still looking at the potential risk in an airport. And I just took the test myself about 20 minutesago. I got my negative result already but keep in mind that a negative result alone won't allow you to skip quarantine restrictions. You still have to take another test for that and also need to wear that mask. You need to be sure to keep your distance no matter what. Guy, back to you. You have to keep all that have

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