Pittsburgh Airport Introduces On-Demand Covid-19 Testing Inside The Terminal

I really like the Pittsburgh airport. There’s a Hyatt hotel on the grounds, and they pioneered allow people to go through security even when not traveling same day, something we lost in this country after 9/11. The program meant people could meet arriving passengers, shop and dine, and planespot.

Now they have something new to like: on-demand Covid-19 testing inside the terminal from TACKL Health, located across from Gate A2, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

  • Rapid antigen testing with 15 minute results ($95)
  • PCR test with results in 24-48 hours ($125)
  • Rapid and PCR test combo ($175)

Appoints for testing are available in addition to walk-ins, though health insurance isn’t accepted.

Even at a 10% error rate rapid tests, while not offering a guarantee, offer far greater comfort than no testing if you’re going to visit older family or even just visit with people outside your household. Indeed there’sa potential benefit to on-the-spot testing over PCR tests that take time to turn around, because you might be incubating the virus at the time of the test and not yet show positive.

If more people were being tested prior to travel that would give greater confidence to fly – knowing that everyone else on board had gone through a check as well.

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Pittsburgh is hardly the first airport to offer testing. Airlines have made testing available for specific destinations where it’s required, and Oakland even introduced free airport testing albeit not located inside the passenger terminal. United even ran a series of testing-mandatory London flights.

As many people consider travel for the upcoming holidays, it provides some layer of peace of mind for those you’ll be visiting, and is a courteous thing to do for your fellow passengers, to give greater confidence you’re not asymptomatically or presymptomatically shedding the virus.

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  1. Orlando airport (MCO) is beginning covid-19 testing for free this month, also. It will be available to anyone who asks for it. Don’t have to be a traveler or airport/airline employee.

  2. I expect this is being ramped up everywhere in airports now to meet the requirements needed over the next few months. It’s a simple set up, easy to staff, and requires little investment. Do 20-30 of these tests a day and it’s profitable. Even if airports need to subsidize the win is there for everyone. No, no a get rich quick scheme with lasting windfalls, but a legitimate quick pop up to fill a gap and pocket a few dollars.

  3. The test costs more than the plane ticket. Do you really think ppl are going to pay up for that. Testing needs to be cheaper.

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