Airline blood-tests passengers for COVID-19 before boarding

Airline blood-tests passengers for COVID-19 before boarding
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[Ed. – Will this be accepted as a “new normal”?]

Emirates said this week that on a Wednesday flight to Tunisia from Dubai, passengers “were all tested for COVID-19” before departing by way of blood tests conducted by the Dubai Health Authority at the airport’s check-in area, and “results were available within 10 minutes.”

Emirates called itself the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests on its passengers. These blood tests are in addition to other precautions the airline has taken, such as requiring passengers to wear masks. …

The airline is hoping to expand this practice, as Emirates Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said in a statement, “We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights.”

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