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United Airlines latest to require negative coronavirus test for flights from London

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(CNN) — United Airways on Thursday turned the fourth main airline with routes between London and the New York metropolitan space to require passengers present proof they’ve been examined unfavorable lately for the novel coronavirus.

Starting December 28, passengers flying on United from London’s Heathrow Airport to the US should present proof of a unfavorable coronavirus check or an antigen check taken inside three days of departure, firm officers stated in an announcement.

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United’s coverage applies to its flights flying from Heathrow to Newark, New Jersey in addition to the corporate’s flights to Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

British Airways, Delta Air Traces and Virgin Atlantic introduced comparable necessities for flights from the UK to New York on Monday.

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On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stated his state would require United passengers to check unfavorable for the virus inside 72 hours of their flights from London to Newark.

“As we proceed to expertise a second wave of COVID-19 circumstances, it’s important that we take any and all precautions to mitigate the potential for additional transmission,” the discharge says partially,” the governor stated.

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United stated the well being and security of its staff and passengers is its “highest precedence.

The coverage applies to individuals older than 5 years of age who’re starting their journey at Heathrow — which has a testing website in one in every of its terminals. Vacationers should make an appointment to be examined, according to Heathrow’s website.

Passengers connecting in London Heathrow onto a United flight from one other nation could be exempt from the coverage, the airline stated.

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Non-US residents or authorized residents — with some exceptions — are banned from flying to the US if they’ve been in the UK up to now 14 days, the State Department says.

United stated it has already required passengers to acknowledge they haven’t been recognized with Covid-19 up to now 14 days and wouldn’t have signs.

When he checked in for the flight, the passenger acknowledged on the airline’s Prepared-to-Fly guidelines that he had not been recognized with Covid-19 and didn’t have Covid-related signs, a spokeswoman for the airline stated.

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After receiving extra details about the well being of this passenger, “it’s obvious he wrongly acknowledged this requirement,” the spokeswoman stated.

CNN’s Chris Boyette and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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