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United Airlines offering free COVID-19 test on select routes

Four-week trial starts Nov. 16

A man looks out of a window toward a United Airlines flight destined for Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus weary residents and struggling business owners in Hawaii will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to the islands on Thursday without having to self-quarantine upon arrival. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A man looks out of a window toward a United Airlines flight destined for Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus weary residents and struggling business owners in Hawaii will be watching closely as tourists begin to return to the islands on Thursday without having to self-quarantine upon arrival. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

United Airlines is going to offer free coronavirus tests to passengers ahead of their flights.

The airline hopes the move will help get more people traveling again.

United is calling the plan a pilot program, for now, and says it can essentially guarantee that everyone on board is COVID-19 negative.

The four-week trial starts Nov. 16, just before the typical hectic holiday travel season.

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Passengers will have to arrive three hours before their flight to get rapid test results in time.

For now, United will test people flying from Newark’s airport to London’s Heathrow.

People flying into the UK will still face a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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