IATA requires express screening for COVID-19 for each passenger

IATA requires express screening for COVID-19 for each passenger


Every air passenger should be subjected to express  screening for coronavirus infection before departure, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines, said. 

In a number of countries, express antigen tests are already being conducted that can give results within a few minutes, which IATA sees as an alternative to quarantine measures. 

"Screening all passengers will give people back the freedom to travel with confidence. And this will allow millions of people to return to work," said IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac.

Antigen tests, as well as PCR tests, are performed by taking a swab from the nasal cavity. However, antigen testing is considered less reliable than PCR.

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