Tampa International to be first U.S. airport to offer COVID-19 testing in terminal


TAMPA, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Tampa International Airport will become the first airport in the United States to offer pre-flight COVID-19 testing right in the terminal.

The airport partnered with BayCare Health System to offer on-the-spot testing inside the Main Terminal. The tests, which are voluntary, are available to passengers who just landed or are about to depart from the airport.

Travelers can purchase two tests—a rapid antigen test for $57 or the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for $125.

To get a test, passengers must have proof of travel that shows they are flying or have flown within three days.

The tests will give results within 15 minutes.

Passengers who test positive for the virus will be told not to board the plane. If they test positive after landing, those on their flight will be notified of the exposure.

The airport hopes the new COVID-19 testing system will reassure potential customers hoping to fly safely.

“We gotta try to get out of this hole. Anything we can do to get out of this hole safely is what we should do,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano told NewsNation affiliate WFLA.

When asked if the tests should be mandatory, Lopano replied “it could be.”

The airport’s move comes as Florida moves into its third and final phase of reopening, lifting restrictions on restaurants and other businesses and banning local fines against those who refuse to wear masks.

NewsNation affiliate WFLA contributed to this report

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