TAMPA, Fla. – In hopes of winning back passenger confidence, Tampa International Airport will be the first airport in the country to offer a voluntary Kovid-19 test for all incoming and outgoing passengers.
The airport has set up test sites within its main terminal and officially opened sites on Thursday, with some passengers already taking two tests available for purchase as part of the soft opening.
Before boarding or after landing, passengers can receive a $ 57 antigen test with 88 percent accuracy that gives a 15-minute or $ 125 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that has 95 percent accuracy but takes 48 hours to produce results Huh.
Passengers who test positive for antigen will be advised not to depart.
Gempa Gonzales, a physician traveling from Tempa to Colorado, opted for a rapid test.
He said, “I’m going to do this so that I know I’m negative, so that I can move around comfortably without infecting them with other people.”
“I think it’s really important to be tested and show negativity, because we try to engage people with a group setting like a journey.”
Surrounding travel safety has declined since the onset of the epidemic, which has made the airline industry particularly rigid. According to Airlines for the United States, passenger traffic is down 68 percent from the same time last year.
According to the Department of Transportation, this year, the airports were given $ 10 billion in funding.
“We started trying to get out of this hole. Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said that we must do everything we can to get out of this hole safely. According to Airlines for America, passenger volumes at the airport were down 63 percent from last year.
Despite the testing, several uncertainties remain, including testing that exposure to coronovirus will not be detected on the flight because the incubation period is longer than the few hours most passengers are in the air.
But Tampa International hopes the on-site Kovid-19 test offering will allay some passenger fears, which in turn will boost travel.
“It is a beautiful addition to the journey it is capable of achieving [and] Know that I’m good to go, “Mary Jane Matheny said as she was flying from Tampa to Utah with her husband. She also felt that the airport’s test site was convenient because she was now in those places. Can travel where testing is required and the results are at hand.
“I would like to know the result. You know I am testing to find out if I am disclosing this to others or not, ”said Matheny, who conducted the rapid test. “Now I’ll have an answer, so that’s great.”
Kerry Sanders reported from Tampa, and Safia Samee Ali reported from Chicago.