British Airways, American Airlines and Oneworld have launched a Covid-19 testing trial on selected flights from the U.S to London Heathrow in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how testing for the virus can reopen international travel and quash quarantine requirements.
The new British Airways CEO, Sean Doyle, explained that at the end of the trial he wants to get the data collected into the hands of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Health Secretary Matt Hancock and ‘prove that we can restart flying safely without the need for quarantine measures’.
The trial will run from November 25 to mid-December and will involve volunteer passengers being tested for free three days before departure in the U.S, upon arrival, and three days later in a bid to demonstrate that a pre-departure test 72 hours before you fly will negate the need for self-isolation.
Are you paying attention Mr Shapps? The new British Airways CEO, Sean Doyle (pictured), explained that he wants to prove to the Transport Secretary and Health Secretary Matt Hancock that Covid tests can quash the need for quarantine
The first test is a ‘convenient’ at-home RT-PCR test provided by LetsGetChecked. Customers will self-collect a nasal sample under the supervision of medical professionals via a virtual visit.
They won’t have to quarantine before their flight. As the trial is a private endeavour, all normal government rules apply.