Chaos and lunacy have crashed into one another with airlines desperate for travelers and destinations instilling crazy quarantine protocols.
Many countries are boxing up perfectly healthy people for weeks on end as soon as they step off the plane thanks to COVID-19.
Now, in a sore attempt to peddle more money into the travel industry, you may have to take a COVID-19 test in order to set foot into your destination of choice. But one airline is making the most of it.
Hawaii is one of the most-coveted island destinations, bringing in millions of eager travelers every year.
Or should I say was?
Strict 14-day quarantine periods upon arrival to any of the airports within the archipelago made views of the Kilauea volcano or the historic Pearl Harbor nearly impossible for the average American.
But now Hawaii’s governor has created a way to avoid spending those agonizing weeks in quarantine – but you’re not going to like it.
You have to carry with you the results of a very particular coronavirus test- even if you have not shown any symptoms!
This is the only time in history perfectly healthy people are being targeted to stop the spread of a disease as they contribute to a once-flourishing Hawaiian economy.
Receiving COVID-19 test results can take time, eating up precious minutes away from feeling the cool waves of the North Pacific Ocean wash over you as you breathe in that familiar salty air.
So one airline has teamed up with a testing company to give you a golden ticket into the Aloha State.
“United Airlines Holdings Inc. will offer on-the-spot coronavirus testing to customers flying to Hawaii who are willing to pay $250 to avoid a two-week quarantine on arrival.”
The project is set to kick-off October 15that its San Francisco hub airport with an on-site testing center.
If all goes well, the popular airline hopes to expand the practice to other destinations.
United’s president for California, Janet Lamkin, is looking to “learn from this,” adding,“The goal is to grow this out of more places,”Bloomberg reports.
This practice is probably only going to become more “normal” as other airline carriers such as American Airlines Group Inc. and Alaska Air Group Inc.look into having on-site coronavirus testing to stay competitive.
And don’t even think of trying to sneak past without a government-approved test result because it could result in fines up to $5,000 or 1 year in jail.
No breath taking sunset atop of Mona Kea is worth those consequences! Although it is a close call.
If you are sick for any reason, flying into Hawaii is not a good idea.
You will likely be tackled by TSA in hazmat suits after they detect your illness with one of their 133 cameras designed to flag visitors with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
While not all destinations offer the distinct island vibe of the Hawaiian culture and landscape, you are better off finding a different sandy spot to sip your pina colada until the state becomes a little more visitor friendly.