June 2. American Airlines is expanding its preflight coronavirus (COVID-19) testing program with new self-administered and more in-person testing options to make travel easier and safer for its customers. Customers can now order an Abbott BinaxNOW home test through telehealth provider eMed. These 15-minute, self-administered tests are supervised virtually by an eMed certified guide 72 hours before a customer’s return to the U.S. eMed is a CDC-accepted administrator of rapid antigen tests that can be taken abroad to receive electronic documentation for reentry to the U.S. with a negative test result.
“Deploying eMed services for international travel marries reliable COVID-19 testing with a convenient digital-point-of-care platform to create a safe and more seamless travel experience,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, eMed co-founder and CEO. Customers can order a set of six tests for $150 directly from eMed at American.eMed.com or pick up individual “home tests” at select pharmacies.
For customers wanting an in-person test before departing the U.S., American is expanding its partnership with CareNow nationwide, allowing customers to schedule a test at one of CareNow’s nearly 160 locations when traveling to select destinations on American.
Editor’s Note: While we are pleased with the news and very hopeful about this brilliant move, the Editor of MDamericas doubts the ability of American to deliver self-testing kids outside the USA and Canada. Given the closed boarders, logistical challenges and lack of physical addresses in
many countries, It is highly unlikely that this program can be implemented in LATAM and the Caribbean.
Source: Insider Travel Report