XpresSpa may be ditching airport manicures for coronavirus tests

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Need an eye mask? How about a massage? Oh, and what about a COVID-19 test? Well, you just may be able to get all three next time you stop by airport mini-spa XpresSpa.

XpresSpa announced on Friday evening that it will pilot a testing program at New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK) to provide diagnostic COVID-19 testing.

For now, the testing services will be reserved for airline and airport employees in JFK’s Terminal 4. However, the company said that it’s working with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to add additional testing locations in the future.

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Details on pricing have not been released yet. Currently, Priority Pass members have access to discounts for XpresSpa services, but whether or not that will include discounted COVID-19 tests is still unclear.

“We are moving forward with our public and private relationships to make COVID-19 screening and testing in U.S. airports a reality and hopefully will be able to begin pilot testing shortly for the benefit and protection of our fellow citizens,” said XpresSpa CEO Doug Satzman. “Since the onset of this pandemic, we have thought that we can and should play a significant role within the travel sector in the fight against COVID-19 and other highly contagious diseases in the future given our airport relationships, infrastructure, workforce with TSA clearance and strong desire to keep everyone safe.”

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In the press release, XpresSpa shared that it’s exploring converting other airport spa locations into testing sites. Currently, Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD) have been in discussion as the next testing sites.

Featured photo courtesy of XpresSpa.

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