Cuomo seeks to test passengers flying from U.K.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he asked airlines flying into his state from the U.K. to make all passengers take a coronavirus test before boarding. (Dec. 21)

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ANDREW CUOMO: 120 countries require the UK travelers to have received a negative test before they get on the plane in the UK, 120 countries. And the United States has done nothing. There are three airlines that come from the UK and fly into our airports. Our airports are run by the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey.

The three airlines are British Airways, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. They daily are bringing several thousand passengers per day. I am asking those airlines to add New York state to the list of the 120 countries that require tests before the flights leave the UK for New York. 120 countries do it. My request is simple. Please add New York to the list of 120 countries.

Well, you're not a country. I know that. But as governor of New York state, I have asked them to do that. The British Airways I have spoken to myself, and they have voluntarily agreed to add New York to the 120 countries that will do preboarding testing, and they will start that tomorrow.