The carrier announced a few days ago its intention to launch such a pilot project. Passengers to the Italian city of Milan were asked for the first time on Friday to undergo a rapid test in advance, which they did not, however, have to pay. Only those with negative results were allowed to board.
The rapid tests were carried out in collaboration with Brussels Airport. Passengers could indeed go through the airport test center and, after an hour at most, they knew the result. They then had to show it at the gate before boarding. Travelers who were able to present a negative test (PCR test) dating from less than 48 hours could, for their part, do without the rapid test.
This pilot project, like those underway by other airlines, should make it possible to reflect on an approach integrating this type of test into the journey.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has long advocated rapid testing for the coronavirus at airports before departure. According to his reasoning, this would make quarantine measures at destination superfluous, travelers would also have more confidence to travel and governments would be more daring to reopen borders.