XpresSpa and United Airlines open Covid-19 testing facility at Houston

9 March 2021 (Last Updated March 9th, 2021 13:09)

Wellness firm XpresSpa Group and United Airlines (UA) have opened an XpresCheck testing facility at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Texas, US.

XpresSpa and United Airlines open Covid-19 testing facility at Houston
Covid-19 testing options include the Rapid Molecular Test and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test. Credit: Thomas Wang / Wikipedia.

Wellness firm XpresSpa Group and United Airlines (UA) have opened an XpresCheck testing facility at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Texas, US.

Located in United’s Terminal E post-security, this pop-up facility features four separate rooms and capacity for more than 300 tests a day.

Covid-19 testing options include the rapid molecular test and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

XpresSpa CEO Doug Satzman said: “We are thrilled to be opening our first XpresCheck in Texas at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. This testing facility extends our partnership with United and enables us to bring convenient and reliable Covid-19 testing options to their customers and employees.”

United’s Houston hub vice-president Rodney Cox said: “Offering accessible and dependable testing solutions provides peace of mind to travellers and facilitates a safer in-flight experience.

“This new XpresCheck location will also help ensure our customers travelling through Houston meet the entry requirements at their final destination.”

Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new acrylic shields at the security checkpoint of Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These shields have been deployed in areas where TSA officers usually interact with passengers and include the travel document checking podium, the divesting areas where passengers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening and the property search areas.

TSA federal security director for Upstate New York Bart R Johnson said: “TSA has undertaken numerous initiatives to help reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination among travellers and the TSA workforce to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“The installation of these shields at the various locations where passengers and TSA officers interact is just one of these critical pandemic-related initiatives, along with social distancing in the passenger queue and sanitising bins.”