(CNN) – United Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to offer coronavirus testing to some of its passengers. As part of a pilot test program that the airline plans to expand to other destinations, United will offer testing to passengers to Hawaii starting Oct. 15 from San Francisco. The tests will help passengers avoid an otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine in Hawaii. United has said it will use a 15-minute rapid test from health technology company Abbott, and will also offer customers an option by mail. from the Color clinical testing company which can be completed in the days before departure. The island state, normally focused on tourism, is currently seeing 70% less flights, 91% less traffic at TSA checkpoints and 94% less travel within the state than usual, according to figures from Airlines for America. pre-trip testing program starting October 15. The new rules would allow visitors to avoid the previously mandatory 14-day quarantine “if tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), “according to the state announcement. United plans to expand customer testing to other U.S. destinations and airports later this year, according to the airline’s announcement.The International Air Transport Association on Tuesday called for coronavirus testing at the airport as a requirement for all passengers and aircrew before international flights. The group, which represents around 290 airlines globally, called on governments to set up and fund the test program. .
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