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Published on Friday, June 12, 2020

United Airlines now requires health self-assessments

United Airlines passengers now must fill out a health self-assessment stating they have had no Covid-19-related symptoms in the past 14 days.

It is part of United's 'Ready-to-Fly' checklist in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.

Customers must also state they have not been diagnosed with the virus in the past three weeks, or been denied boarding by another airline for similar reasons.

United's Ready-to-Fly checklist takes on guidelines set out by the Cleveland Clinic, the CDC, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

"As people are returning to their daily activities during the Covid-19 pandemic, their health and safety - as well as the health and safety of others - should continue to be top-of-mind," said Dr. James Merlino, chief clinical transformation officer at Cleveland Clinic.

"Our health experts are pleased to play a role in helping people travel more safely."

Passengers must also wear face masks while the boarding process has been tweaked with smaller groups at a time being invited to board back-to-front.

There is also a six-feet distancing rule in effect at ticket counters.

United became the first to mandate a pre-boarding health checklist and Alaska Airlines has quickly followed with their own pre-travel and wellness agreement.

Other carriers will likely follow too.

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