United Airlines launches first COVID-19 testing program of its kind


United Airlines plans to start testing travelers for COVID-19 at San Francisco International Airport before they depart for Hawaii.

According to a report from ABC News, the test can be taken the day of a passenger’s flight and the results should be available in 15 minutes. If a traveler tests negative, they will not be required to quarantine for two weeks in Hawaii.

The test will cost travelers $250.

United Airlines Guam issued a statement on the pilot program. United said due to SFO’s flight volume to Hawaii and gateway to many international destinations, it’s the ideal airport to begin COVID-19 customer testing.

Customer testing will be critical to reopen travel from the U.S. to many international destinations, while increasing domestic travel.

“As we better understand customer testing needs and preferences, our primary goal is to expand our testing program to our hub airports as soon as possible,” United stated.