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American Airlines is first to offer at-home tests for passengers traveling domestically

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. Shares of American Airlines posted a record percentage gain Thursday, June 4, 2020 after the carrier said it will aggressively add back flights in July a bet that the slow recovery in air travel will gain speed this summer as states re-open their economies. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file) (Gene J. Puskar, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – Beginning Wednesday, American Airlines will be offering at-home tests through LetsGetChecked to passengers traveling to any U.S. city, state or territory that has COVID-19 travel restrictions.

According to a news release from American Airlines, the airline is the first to expand access to at-home testing for customers traveling domestically.

Tests will be available for purchase on Wednesday, Dec. 9, for travel starting Saturday, Dec. 12.

“We’ve made great strides to help open international travel with our testing partners, and we recognize the need for similar domestic travel solutions,” said Alison Taylor, Chief Customer Officer for American Airlines. “As travel requirements continue to quickly evolve, we’re simplifying the research and COVID-19 testing fulfillment process for an overall more seamless travel experience.”

Airline officials said they will continue to work with LetsGetChecked to expand domestic testing as state testing requirements evolve during the pandemic.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with American Airlines and the opportunity to support their proactive safety measures,” said Peter Foley, CEO and Founder of LetsGetChecked. “Our at-home COVID-19 test exemplifies our mission to empower people to take an active role in their health whilst also allowing for a safe return to travel during this challenging time.”

Below is a list of current U.S. cities, states and territories with COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Click here for more information about the at-home tests.


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Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.