American Airlines First to Offer at Home Covid-19 Testing

Starting on Dec. 9, passengers on American Airlines can obtain a $129 at-home Covid-19 test for flights leaving Dec. 12 or later. 

The Fort-Worth based airline is the first to offer a testing option for all domestic flights and hopes that offering testing will boost travel demand. 

‘We’ve made great strides to help open international travel with our testing partners, and we recognize the need for similar domestic travel solutions,” said American Airlines chief customer officer Alison Taylor in a press release. “As travel requirements continue to quickly evolve, we’re simplifying the research and COVID-19 testing fulfillment process for an overall more seamless travel experience.” 

LetsGetChecked, a coronavirus test provider, has been consulted by American Airlines to distribute the nasal swab tests to all customers who want one.

LetsGetChecked recommends customers traveling to destinations with restrictions take the swab test five days before departure. Results can be expected within 48 hours. Those who test positive will be required to rebook their flight at least 14 days after their initially scheduled departure. 

Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island all have active travel restrictions, along with Puerto Rico, Chicago, and the District of Columbia. 

Business Insider reports that video calls with a healthcare provider may be established to verify accuracy in sample collection and verifying customer’s identity in some instances. 

For Dallas-Fort Worth area travelers, in-person testing will be offered by the airline at specific CareNow urgent care centers. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will also provide testing, according to Fox Business

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with American Airlines and the opportunity to support their proactive safety measures,” said Peter Foley, CEO and Founder of LetsGetChecked. “Our at-home COVID-19 test exemplifies our mission to empower people to take an active role in their health whilst also allowing for a safe return to travel during this challenging time.” 

United Airlines has had a competitive advantage over the Fort Worth-based airline in offering at home coronavirus tests. In October, the Chicago-based airline began offering coronavirus tests to Hawaii bound passengers. By November, the option was free for London-bound passengers flying from Newark, New Jersey. 

Hawaiian Airlines joined United in October in offering at-home coronavirus tests before departure. 

JetBlue announced it would offer at-home coronavirus tests at select airports in 2021. 

American Airlines’ third-quarter report showed losses totaling over $2 billion, as data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics pointed to a 70% decrease in airline travelers over the summer. 

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