Airlines customers in several hub cities can now have COVID-19 test
results delivered directly into the Travel-Ready Center feature of the
The functionality means flyers will no longer have
to upload the testing data themselves. Instead, they can choose from more than
200 testing providers in the network of TrustAssure labs in Chicago, Houston,
Los Angeles, San Francisco and the New York/Newark area.
Once test results are
in, United will validate the information and inform customers whether they are
cleared to fly and able to receive their mobile boarding pass.
United enabled the Travel-Ready Center app
feature in January and says that it has verified more than 275,000
COVID-19 test results since that time.
Many airlines are encouraging
flyers to make use of health pass functions like the Travel-Ready Center in
order to ease processing and speed the airport journey.
United said it plans to expand its new direct
test-result upload capability to more markets in the coming weeks and months,
including international testing sights for customers flying into the U.S.
* This article originally appeared in Travel Weekly.