Passengers must make a reservation for the airline to administer the test free of charge inside the United Club. The test is called the Abbot ID Now. It’s a rapid molecular test that’s widely used, but experts say its not as accurate as the lab-run PCR test.
“We want to prove to the U.S. and U.K. governments and everyone else that’s watching that we can operationalize this type of testing to better support the need for travel and opening up these markets again and helping to support the economy,” managing director of United Airlines Operation Policy, Aaron McMillan said.
Passengers departing London, will not be offered the same testing service during the pilot program.
“You know parts of Europe are starting to shut down again,” McMillan said. “But I think this type of travel program helps reassure people that we’re not importing the virus or contributing to its spread.”