United Airlines is beginning proven Covid-free flights between the U.K. and the U.S.
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On Tuesday, the first proven Covid-19-free flight will touch down at London Heathrow from New York’s Newark airport. It’s the first plane to arrive in a month-long trial that is hoped will get the travel bridge between the U.K. and the U.S. up and running again.
It will be Covid-19-free because all the passengers and crew onboard the United Airlines flight will have been tested for Covid-19, at the airport immediately before they fly, and only travelers with negative results will be allowed to travel.
According to a company statement, United Airlines said, “from November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer rapid tests to every passenger over 2 years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.”
The U.S. imposed a travel restriction on March 14, from anyone arriving directly from the U.K. and whilst the U.K. is allowing U.S. arrivals, they must quarantine for 14 days.
Air travelers arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey.