Dubai based airline, Emirates has begun arrying out Covid-19 blood tests on passengers at the airport before boarding flights.
According to a statement released by Emirates airline, the first rapid Covid-19 blood tests took place on Wednesday at Dubai International Airport, with passengers on a flight to Tunisia all reportedly tested before departure.
The tests were conducted by the Dubai Health Authority at the Group Check-in area of Terminal 3 and results were available within 10 minutes. Emirates claims to be the world’s first airline to conduct such tests.
“We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates Chief Operating Officer, in the statement.
“This will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates.”
The airline however didn’t state whether any passengers would be refused boarding based on the results of the test.