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British Airways to issue free covid tests on USA flights in new Heathrow trial

British Airways is trialling covid tests on select flights from the USA to the UK. The flag carrier, along with American Airlines and airline alliance Oneworld, has launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected transatlantic flights to London Heathrow. The triumvirate hope to scientifically demonstrate how coronavirus testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.

The tests, which are free to travellers, will initially be offered to eligible customers booked on the following flights, beginning 25 November:

– American Airlines flight AA50 departing Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW) to LHR

– British Airways flight BA114 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to LHR

– British Airways flight BA268 from Los Angeles (LAX) to LHR

The test will also be expanded to American Airlines flight AA106 from JFK to LHR, with a launch date to be communicated.

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Customers who are eligible and booked on flights that are part of the trial will be contacted by American Airlines and British Airways with instructions on how to volunteer.

They will be tested for coronavirus a total of three times throughout the process.

The first test – an at-home RT-PCR test – is to be taken 72 hours before departure from the US.

Customers will self-collect a nasal sample, under the supervision of medical professionals via a virtual visit.

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The second test – a LAMP test – will be taken at Heathrow Airport and involves the collection of a nasal sample by a medical professional.

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