One airline, Emirates in the Middle East, is now administering COVID-19 blood tests to passengers before they board flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, it announced on Wednesday.
Emirates Airlines in the Middle East is now making passengers submit to a COVID-19 blood test before boarding flights, and this will almost certainly be copied by other air carriers. Certainly such information will be fed into various data banks, and now we see the need for some kind of certificate that people will need to show to prove they passed the test. Some kind of digital certificate, like the one that the folks over at ID2020, funded by Bill Gates and Microsoft, have been working on.
Of course, once these measure are in place, don’t look for them to be removed. Ever. Remember the Spanish-American War phone tax of 1898? Oh, they’ve changed the name of it a few times, but it’s still on the books and the American taxpayer is still paying it. Keep that in mind when you read about these ’emergency measures’ to ‘battle the virus’. It’s amazing how much of our freedoms and privacy is being destroyed to keep the world safe from COVID-19.
Emirates Airline conducts COVID-19 blood tests on passengers
FROM THE WEEK: Emirates said this week that on a Wednesday flight to Tunisia from Dubai, passengers “were all tested for COVID-19” before departing by way of blood tests conducted by the Dubai Health Authority at the airport’s check-in area, and “results were available within 10 minutes.”
Emirates called itself the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests on its passengers. These blood tests are in addition to other precautions the airline has taken, such as requiring passengers to wear masks.
CNN notes that “serology (blood) tests aren’t meant to diagnose active coronavirus infections,” but they “check for proteins in the immune system, known as antibodies, through a blood sample,” and “their presence means a person was exposed to the virus and developed antibodies against it.”
But this, CNN also observes, may be “a sign of what the future holds for air travelers,” while NPR describes it as potentially “a step toward making air travel palatable to the public again.” The airline is hoping to expand this practice, as Emirates Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said in a statement, “We are working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights.” READ MORE
Emirates becomes first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers
Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers. Passengers on today’s flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai. Emirates in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will be introducing additional precautions.
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