A Covid-Free Flight

by | Nov 21, 2020


These days, it’s hard to get people on a plane. But what if it was Covid-free?

The past few months have been tough for airlines. They’re struggling to bring passengers back, cutting fares and blocking out middle seats. But United is going a step further and guaranteeing a safe environment. 

Recently, the airline began flying people from New Jersey to London as part of its free transatlantic Covid-19 testing pilot program. 

Here’s how it works: Everyone over the age of two, including the crew, were given a rapid test free of charge. The test had to come back negative in order for them to be let on the airplane. The test was given onsite near the gate and anyone who declines will be put on another flight. 

The negative test does not get you out of the requirements to enter London, which includes a 14-day quarantine. United is inviting governments from both sides of the pond to over the pilot program and consider it as an alternative to quarantines and travel restrictions. 

So, are you ready to book a seat?

Brian Banmiller

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