American Airlines now offers access to at-home tests for purchase to travelers heading to any U.S. domestic destinations where testing is required. That is in addition to airport rapid testing options for certain Hawaii and international flights.
Starting Wednesday for travel Saturday onward American will offer $129 tests from LetsGetChecked. It’s recommended tests are ordered 5 days prior to travel, in order to receive them in time to take the test, return them, and receive results prior to travel.
U.S. states and localities with current testing requirements include Alaska; Connecticut; District of Columbia; Chicago; Hawaii; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; Vermont.
Booking an American Airlines flight may now be the most convenient way to get Covid-19 testing at home whether you plan to travel or not (and current ticket purchases generally don’t incur change fees if you choose not to travel).
The FDA has now authorized a true at home test but bizarrely it requires a prescription. Testing is still too expensive, and too cumbersome, to be used effectively enough to allow for normal life and that’s largely because of rules surrounding its use.
Cheap daily testing, linked to an app, would let businesses serve only people who had tested negative that day and allow for indoor activities. A negative test isn’t an absolute guarantee the person testing doesn’t have the virus and cannot spread it, but if everyone were being tested rigorously everyday activities would be far safer. Delta Air Lines, for instance, announced plans last week for testing every employee every week to reduce virus spread especially by asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals.