DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Passengers flying from Dubai to Tunisia had to take a blood test before boarding their plane this week.
Dubai-based airline Emirates used a rapid COVID-19 blood test at the Dubai International Airport on all passengers on board the flight, CNN reported.
The tests were done by the Dubai Health Authority at a group check-in area on Wednesday.
The results were available within 10 minutes.
Emirates is also having passengers and employees practice social distancing and protective barriers have been installed at check-in desks, company officials said in a statement.
The tests will be important for entrance to countries that require a COVID-19 test certification, the company said in a statement.
Officials did not say if a passenger would be refused boarding because of the test results.
The tests aren’t for finding out if a person has an active coronavirus infection. Rather, it looks for antibodies that show that a person was exposed to the virus and that the body has developed antibodies against it.
Another airline, Etihad Airways, has set up self-service kiosks at its Abu Dhabi hub to test travelers’ temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate, CNN reported.