British Airways has become the first airline to trial a new ultra-rapid Covid-19 antigen test which displays results within 25 seconds.
The carrier will initially invite flight and cabin crew members to take the Pelican Ultra Rapid Covid-19 test, and will compare results against their standard tests which staff members are already taking.
The tests have recently been approved for use in Europe and the UK, and are currently going through US FDA approval. BA said that “The test is a non-invasive saliva ultra-rapid digital antigen test that delivers 98 per cent sensitivity and 100 per cent specificity in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2”.
Users “take a sample of their saliva into a disposable sensor unit, shake and insert it into a re-usable digital reader which is connected to a blue-tooth enabled device like a smartphone, and then wait for the results that appear through a mobile app”.