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American Airlines to offer at-home COVID-19 tests for flights to US cities with travel restrictions

American Airlines announced that the tests are available for purchase as early as Wednesday and cost $129.
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An American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport makes its landing approach onto Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Glen Burnie, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Fort-Worth based American Airlines announced that it will offer at-home COVID-19 tests for flights to cities within the United States that have travel restrictions. 

Good Morning America was the first to report the news Tuesday.

American Airlines is partnering with LetsGetChecked, where passengers are encouraged to order their testing kit at least five days prior to their flight. 

The at-home test is a nasal swab and PCR lab analysis. Results should be available within 48 hours upon arriving at the lab, the airline said. 

The tests are available for purchase as early as Wednesday and cost $129, according to the testing company's website. 

As of Dec. 8, these are flight destinations participating in the program: 

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

"As travel requirements continue to quickly evolve, we’re simplifying the research and COVID-19 testing fulfillment process for an overall more seamless travel experience," said Alison Taylor, chief customer officer for American Airlines.

In addition to at-home testing kits, the airline currently offers two other options for passengers traveling to Hawaii, the Caribbean, and international locations. 

Passengers can choose to get tested in-person at CareNow urgent care locations in the D-FW area or take an onsite rapid testing at DFW Airport. 

To learn more about the new at-home testing program, click here.