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Old 03-05-2021, 04:51 AM
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“CDC and FAA recommend that air carriers consider implementing routine testing of crewmembers to minimize the likelihood of crewmembers’ working on aircraft while asymptomatically or pre-symptomatically infected with SARS-CoV-2.”
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Ridiculous....
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Old 03-05-2021, 06:01 AM
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It doesn't seem that hard to setup. My grad school does free weekly surveillance testing, takes less than 5 minutes. I could see why airlines would want to avoid the disruption caused by crew members finding out they're positive in the middle of a trip, possibly in another country, but it does seem odd that our current policy that doesn't allow us to fly while waiting for asymptomatic surveillance results discourages us from getting tested regularly which kinda contradicts FAA guidance and common sense.
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Here's an issue. I'm a commuter. I get a positive test on sign in.

Where the heck do I stay the next days?

What if its a false positive.

PcR will show positive 90-120 days post covid.

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Here's an issue. I'm a commuter. I get a positive test on sign in.

Where the heck do I stay the next days?

What if its a false positive.

PcR will show positive 90-120 days post covid.

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IMO, there should be a process that allows us to get back home and get re-tested (while pay-protected). I don't think it'll ever happen, because they want to avoid the liability of knowingly exposing a bunch of people after a crew member tests positive. But they should realize that's better than unknowingly exposing 10x that many people if you went ahead and worked the trip. Seems like another example of "safety third."
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IMO, there should be a process that allows us to get back home and get re-tested (while pay-protected). I don't think it'll ever happen, because they want to avoid the liability of knowingly exposing a bunch of people after a crew member tests positive. But they should realize that's better than unknowingly exposing 10x that many people if you went ahead and worked the trip. Seems like another example of "safety third."

That's a great point. I flew with a guy who was notified he was in close contact with an infected crew member mid-trip. The company paid for his rental car and had him drive like 500 miles home while awaiting his test results. It seems like each situation is a case-by-case basis though. What are the implications/liability if you pop positive mid trip? Can you just check in to a hotel like normal? Do you have to notify the hotel? Do you have to foot the bill for a 2 week hotel stay or does the company? Can you leave? Getting a rental car and driving across 10 states logistically requires interacting with people, so what's the ROE on that? What if you quarantining in your house/apartment/shanty under the ALS at your domicile, I mean, "budget crashpad" is impossible? Anyone have more experience with this?
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Let me know when it’s required, not recommended. Non-story until then.
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Get a test at duty in, it’s invalid at the first person you pass in the terminal.


FAA has no idea about virology and CDC have no idea about our work environment.
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It seems kinda late in the game for this kind of measure.
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We have at-home tests for our crews to take off the plane and bring home. I take mine a couple days before my next trip starts and get the results the day before I go on the road. Works great.
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