American Airlines to start rapid COVID-19 testing on some flights at DFW


American Airlines will start rapid COVID-19 testing on some passengers leaving DFW Airport.

American will begin testing passengers before they leave DFW on flights to Hawaii so they will not have to quarantine 14 days upon arrival on the islands.

“Our plan for this initial phase of preflight testing reflects the ingenuity and care our team is putting into rebuilding confidence in air travel, and we view this as an important step in our work to accelerate an eventual recovery of demand," American Airlines President Robert Isom wrote in a statement.

Passengers can also carry out testing with an at-home kit or at CareNow urgent care clinics within 72 hours of their flight. American also plans to start rapid testing on flights from Miami to Jamaica.

Sean Donohue, the chief executive of DFW Airport, says he hopes to expand rapid testing to all domestic and international flights. He says DFW will have to get approval from federal regulators and regulators in destination countries.

"That really becomes the challenge, to make sure all parties involved are comfortable with whatever type of testing is completed," he says.

Hawaii requires visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Starting October 15, the state will waive the quarantine rules for visitors who can show a negative test within 72 hours of their flight.