The four-week trial period begins November 16 on United Flight 14, which departs for London Heathrow from Newark Liberty International Airport three times a week. Uni ( says passengers must arrive at least three hours before the 7:15 p.m. flight to receive a required rapid molecular Abbott ID Now test which United says produces results within 20 minutes. United says those who test negative for the coronavirus will be allowed to board the flight. Those who test positive will be isolated by clinicians and reimbursed or re-booked later. )
“Everyone on board is required to have this negative test result before the flight,” said McMillan.
Although the move will not allow travelers arriving in the UK to bypass its mandatory 14-day quarantine, United are hoping the lawsuit will serve as a proof of concept.
Last week, airline industry groups sent a letter to the Trump administration asking the federal government to standardize pre-departure virus testing and contact tracing to ease restrictions that are “decimating our industry.”