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LAX now offers COVID-19 testing site (and the results come pretty quick)

LAX now offers on-site COVID-19 testing that gives results in three to five hours.

Travelers wear to check in luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Travelers wear masks to check in luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Los Angeles International Airport has taken a major step in providing safety during air travel by offering new standard COVID-19 testing, Travel Pulse reports.

  • The test results come three or five hours after the test.
  • A lab located in a shipping container across from Terminal 6 examines the samples to determine results.
  • The site requires appointments. The site is open from 8 am. to 6 p.m. every day.

There’s another spot with testing options, too. There’s a satellite location near Terminal 2 and at the ticketing level, which allows for walk-up testing.

The results require a longer turnaround time, but results come within 24 hours, according to TravelPulse.

Why now?

COVID-19 testing has been available at the airport for months. But the onsite lab was recently added to increase the rapidness of results, according to KABC.

Jim Robertson, a clinical scientist who is the lab’s acting manager, told KABC that the testing lab was needed.

  • “Many, many countries are restricting travel to their places depending on the results of the COVID tests, so it’s an obvious need. It’s very hard to social distance. The combination of those two factors is a big push.”