/ 19 May 2021

Qantas stands by COVID screening tests

Passengers booked on a repatriation flight from India last weekend were not “denied boarding in error” after Qantas said it re-ran all the tests at the same laboratory and returned the same result. To recap: almost half of the passengers were denied passage because they returned a positive coronavirus test or were a close contact. Several Aussies deemed positive via the Qantas test later tested negative – and that raised serious questions about the process. The airline will use a different laboratory for future COVID-19 tests after doubt was cast over the lab’s accreditation. As for those knocked-back passengers, they won’t be eligible to fly to Oz for 14 days. The next repatriation flight from India is due to arrive on the weekend.

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