Airport spa specialist XpresSpa Group has announced that it has reached out to multiple US government agencies with an offer to provide COVID-19 testing in 46 locations at 23 US airports.
The company has contacted, among others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as private laboratories across the country. According to XpressSpa, it has engaged in early high-level discussions with regards to turning all of its 46 airport locations into COVID-19 testing facilities. Many of these are in point-of-entry cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Washington DC.
XpresSpa believes that its spas offer a range of spaces that can be set up to test airport staff, flight crews, and passengers. As a health and wellness company, the majority of its employees are state-licensed, which includes training in disease containment. They are also TSA security approved so can be trained and deployed immediately, the company added.
Doug Satzman, chief executive officer of XpresSpa, said, ”We believe we can we help alleviate some of the long waits for travelers entering the USA, but we can also be available to test TSA employees, pilots, flight attendants and other airport personnel who are on the frontlines helping to keep our nation safe.”