By CNN staff | September 24, 2020 at 1:09 PM EDT – Updated September 24 at 1:09 PM
(CNN) – United Airlines is about to become the first U.S. airline to offer coronavirus testing for passengers.
Starting Oct. 15, it will make available testing for customers flying from San Francisco International Airport to airports in Hawaii.
The airline will use a rapid, 15-minute test at the airport, prior to security screening.
It will also offer a mail-in option to be completed in the days before departure.
Hawaii currently requires travelers to quarantine for 14 days after arriving there.
The emergency proclamation leaves in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. However, beginning Oct. 15, a pre-travel testing option will allow travelers an alternative to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) September 24, 2020
The new rules would allow visitors to avoid the previously mandatory 14-day quarantine “if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT),” the state’s website says.
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