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Emirates becomes first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers

The blood test was conducted at the airport check-in and results were available within 10 minutes.

Emirates, in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA), will be introducing additional precautions to its flights. On 15 April, passengers on the flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai – making Emirates are the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers.

The quick blood test was conducted by the DHA and results were available within 10 minutes. This test was conveniently done at the group check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.

The airline’s check-in and boarding formalities have also 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, and gloves, masks and hand sanitisers 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. Emirates have modified its inflight services for health and safety reasons. For example, magazines and other print reading material will not be available; food and beverages will continue to be offered on board, but packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service; cabin baggage is currently not accepted on flights; and carry-on items are limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items, with all other items required to be checked in.

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