In order to curtail further spread of the Coronavirus, the Patriot Express, aka the Rotator, will begin implementing random Coronavirus testing of passengers, Stars and Stripes reports.
Stars and Stripes ~ ” Passengers boarding Patriot Express flights departing from Seattle-Tacoma and Baltimore-Washington international airports will be subject to random testing for the coronavirus beginning Oct. 30.
The rapid, onsite tests are intended to abate the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to an advisory issued Friday by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.
Anyone testing positive will not be allowed to take the flight, the advisory said.
Boeing 747-446 Atlas Air N464MC, Patriot Express over Ramstein Air Base, Germany | Photograph by Peter Bakema, Wikimedia Commons
Many new infections reported by U.S. military installations in Japan and South Korea have come from newly arrived personnel from the United States.
Patriot Express — also called the Rotator or Cat B — is the Defense Department’s contracted commercial charter flight system used by service members and their families for official international travel. Unfilled seats are provided on a standby basis to certain qualifying veterans, retirees and federal employees under what is called space-available travel. Restrictions placed on space-available seats were instituted in March due to the virus and remain in place.” ~ Stars and Stripes
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