New COVID testing plan could reopen flights between NY-London by Christmas

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Airline executives and federal authorities are working on a COVID testing plan that could reopen flights between New York and London by Christmas.

They say they are trying to create a so-called 'air bridge' between the cities. This means travelers would be tested before flying from either place.

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"All families should participate," Mayor de Blasio said. Parents and guardians will receive the test results for their child and can give their consent online.

Tampa International Airport is offering COVID tests to all travelers.

Airlines hope testing can be expanded to other airports. However, experts say it is unclear which test should be used.

Right now, airport testing is optional - this means you will likely have to pay for it out-of-pocket.

At Tampa International Airport, a rapid test costs about $60, while the PCR tests are about $120.

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The sense of doom grew, especially after March 1, when the first confirmed case arrived in Manhattan. Soon, there was a hotspot in New Rochelle, and small curfews and containment zones across the area offered a hint of a frightening future we still thought we could avoid.

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