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American Airlines is offering an at-home COVID-19 test for travelers

American Airlines will offer an at-home COVID-19 test that costs $129.

In this March 25, 2020, file photo, American Airlines jets sit idly at their gates as a jet arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. American Airlines is telling 25,000 workers that they could lose their jobs in October because of the sharp drop in air travel during the virus pandemic.
In this March 25, 2020, file photo, American Airlines jets sit idly at their gates as a jet arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
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American Airlines will start offering an at-home COVID-19 test for U.S. travelers that will help the company meet requirements and travel restrictions.

  • The company will partner with direct-to-consumer home testing company LetsGetChecked for the program.
  • The test will cost $129 on top of the normal cost of travel.

What do the tests do?

  • The at-home tests will help passengers identify whether they have COVID-19 ahead of travel, which could limit how much the virus spreads on an airplane.
  • The program also gives Americans access to COVID-19 tests. In some parts of the United States, it’s hard to snag a test right away. This would give an easy option for many travelers.

How the tests work

The LetsGetChecked’s test kit uses the nasal swab test, according to The Verge. Travelers will need to take a sample and send it through the mail. It will be sent through a Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, test. Results will return in a few days.

  • The company suggests ordering the test at least five days before your flight.

Only certain states

American Airlines said the tests will only be available in certain states where there are travel restrictions. The full list includes:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

More information

Visit aa.com/covid19testing if you’re interested in more information on the at-home test kits.

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