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Airports Use Speedy Virus Tests, Sniffer Dogs to Spur Travel

  • 30-minute antigen trial underway in Italy; Heathrow also keen
  • IATA endorses pre-departure checks as Finland turn to canines
A medic at a PCR testing area inside Athens International Airport on Sept. 17.
A medic at a PCR testing area inside Athens International Airport on Sept. 17.Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg
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A handful of airports are implementing trials of quick-fire coronavirus tests, working with airlines to push technologies still being developed as a way to revive stunted international air travel.

The tests, which can be carried out in 30 minutes, are seen as the best hope for the aviation industry to overcome new travel curbs that have brought a modest traffic rebound over summer to a shuddering halt. Other initiatives include a Finnish experiment with dogs that can sniff out the virus.