United Airlines first US carrier to offer passengers rapid COVID-19 testing

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- United Airlines will become the first U.S. carrier to offer rapid COVID-19 testing to some of its passengers, it announced Thursday.

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The tests will be available to passengers traveling from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii starting Oct. 15.

According to United, customers could take a rapid result test at the airport with results in 15 minutes or request a mail-in test ahead of their trip.

The testing program will be expanded to other parts of the country at a later date and will help travelers avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine in areas such as Hawaii.

"We’ll look to quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and U.S. airports later this year to complement our state-of-the-art cleaning and safety measures,"United’s chief customer officer Toby Enqvist said.