Earlier last year, American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected flights from the United States (US) to London Heathrow (LHR). This was done to see how COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival. More information on the study can be found here.
They then asked questions such as whether testings such as these would be preferential vs quarantining alongside other queries.
Eligible customers booked on flights were contacted by the airlines with instructions on how to volunteer. Each customer participating in the trial took three tests in conjunction with the journey. If a customer tested positive, they would reschedule or cancel their travel.
The first test was within 72-hours of travel (PCR test), then a rapid test after landing, and followed by another PCR test 3 to 5 days after landing.
In the trial’s first phase, just 1% of the 600 voluntary travelers who took a test within 72 hours of their departure tested positive. These folks thus did not travel, and thus were not flying while positive with Covid. Interestingly, none of the travelers who took a test upon arrival tested positive. Then only 0.4% of those that landed tested positive thereafter. More information on the results can be found here.
As is stated by the CDC, Covid can spread while in close proximity of others. Having 1% of individuals prevented from flying would minimize the spread the of the disease greatly to others traveling.
99.7% of travelers said they were happy to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements as an alternative to quarantine after international travel and are prepared to pay for affordable testing. An interesting conclusion showing the ease of testing vs quarantine.
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