Emirates passengers on a Tunisia flight have been tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai.

The quick blood test was conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and results were available within 10 minutes. The test was done at the Group Check-in area of Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates Chief Operating Officer said that the airline is working on plans to scale up testing capabilities in the future and extend it to other flights. “This will enable us to conduct on-site tests and provide immediate confirmation for Emirates passengers travelling to countries that require COVID-19 test certificates,” he said. “The health and safety of staff and passengers at the airport remain of paramount importance.”

The airline’s check-in and boarding formalities have also been adapted with social distancing in mind. Protective barriers have been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures for passengers and employees during any interaction. Gloves, masks and hand sanitizers have been made mandatory for all employees at the airport.

Passengers are also required to wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft and follow social distancing guidelines.

On board, magazines and other print reading material are not available, and though food and beverages will be offered, packaging and presentation will be modified to reduce contact during meal service and minimize the risk of interaction. Cabin baggage is currently not accepted on flights with carry-on items limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items.

All Emirates aircraft are going through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes in Dubai, after each journey.