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One day after United Airlines announced it will offer COVID-19 testing for Hawaii-bound passengers departing from San Francisco, Hawaiian Airlines announced it will also provide the service to passengers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
In a Friday press release, Hawaiian said services will be in place by Oct. 15, when Hawaii begins allowing out-of-state visitors to bypass its mandatory 14-day quarantine by presenting a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of travel.
Hawaiian Airlines passengers who avail themselves of the offer can use drive-through services at Worksite Labs locations near LAX and SFO. They can opt to pay $90 to get their results within 36 hours or $150 for same-day results. Its Droplet Digital PCR shallow nasal swab tests meet Hawaii’s testing requirements.
“As Hawai’i’s leading airline, it is critical to ensure that access to testing does not impede travel to Hawai‘i, for visitors or our kama‘āina (residents),”Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines, said in the press release. “Our testing option will offer Los Angeles and Bay Area travelers superior value and we look forward to expanding the program and bringing additional choices to more of our gateway cities as we welcome guests back with our industry-leading Hawaiian hospitality, while keeping our community safe. We’re grateful to the state of Hawai‘i for its partnership in developing the pre-travel testing program.”
United’s testing service, which is currently only available to passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco, lets passengers choose to be tested at the airport on the day of travel or use a home kit and submit their sample within 72 hours of travel via overnight mail or an airport dropbox.
United has not said how much passengers can expect to pay for either test and did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for pricing information.
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