Though testing is not widespread in the United Arab Emirates yet, the country's flagship airline rolled out testing for passengers at its Dubai hub yesterday.
Before boarding a flight to Tunisia, each traveler was administered a finger-prick blood test by the Dubai Health Authority. The results were available 10 minutes later.
The airline did not announce whether any passengers were denied boarding because of test results.
Adel Al Redha, the airline's chief operating officer, said in a statement, "We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights. This will enable us to conduct onsite tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require Covid-19 test certificates. The health and safety of staff and passengers at the airport remain of paramount importance."
Other steps the airline is taking to combat the virus include enforcing social distancing at check-in, in lounges, and aboard flights; requiring passengers to wear their own masks; removing all literature from seat-back pockets; and modifying in-flight service to limit the number of hands that touch the food and drinks served.
It will be fascinating to see whether these precautions become standard in the coming months as travel slowly comes back online.