The future of pre-flight Covid testing

Covid greatly impacted travel. And industry players are looking for ways to make travelers feel safer so they get back on the road.  Airlines, airports and even some destinations are introducing pre-flight Covid tests to make travel a little safer and return traveler confidence.

The travel industry took a huge hit as a result of Covid. But airlines and airports are trying to find a way to get more people flying again.  Several airlines and airports are experimenting with pre-flight Covid tests in an effort to increase traveler confidence.  Lufthansa experimented with pre-flight testing over the summer and air travel increased as a result.  It also helps that the German government agreed that anyone who had a negative test result would not need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

And it’s not just the airlines and airports implementing testing procedures to ensure traveler safety.  It’s destinations, too.  Alaska and Hawaii are both adopting testing protocols that would allow visitors or residents returning home to take a test prior to their flight. This would eliminate the need for a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Admittedly, this will not eliminate the transmission of Covid due to people becoming ill after the test was administered (as long as 72 hours prior to travel) or in the case of false negatives.  But it could help identify those who are positive with few or no symptoms; and prevent them from boarding a flight and traveling to another location and infecting others.  It’s estimated that the number of infected people would decrease from 1 out of 500 to 1 out to 2,000 with pre-flight screening.

Would you feel more comfortable traveling with pre-flight Covid screening?

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