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DUBAI — Emirates says it is the first airline in the world to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers.
Prior to boarding a flight to Tunisia on April 15, passengers took a quick blood test conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) at the Group Check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. Results were available within 10 minutes.
“The testing process has gone smoothly and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dubai Health Authority for their initiatives and innovative solutions,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates Chief Operating Officer. “We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights, this will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates. The health and safety of staff and passengers at the airport remain of paramount importance.”
In addition to conducting the rapid testing, Emirates’ check-in and boarding procedures have been adapted with social distancing in mind. Protective barriers have been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures to passengers and employees during any interaction. Gloves, masks and hand sanitizers have been made mandatory for all employees at the airport.
Passengers are also required to wear their own masks when at the airport and onboard the aircraft and follow social distancing guidelines. While in flight, magazines and other print reading material will not be available, and food packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service. Cabin baggage are currently not accepted on flights, and carry-on items are now limited to laptops, handbags, briefcases and baby items.
All Emirates aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Duba, after each journey.