A couple tested positive for COVID-19 at San Francisco International Airport and were told by airport authorities not to fly, but boarded their United Airlines flight to Lihue, Hawaii, Nov. 29 anyway, The Washington Post reports. washingtonpost, A Hawaii couple knew they had coronavirus before flying… Andrea Salcedo, 2020
Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson of Wailua were arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment after being taken to an isolation room by Kauai Police Department officials upon arrival. The couple flew with their 4-year-old child, who was released to a family member when the couple was taken into custody.
“They knowingly boarded a flight aware of their positive COVID-19 test results, placing the passengers of the flight in danger of death,” Kauai police told the Post. The couple has been banned from United, a spokesperson for the airline told the Post. Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program currently requires all passengers flying into the state to quarantine for 14 days. If passengers can show a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before their flight, they can bypass the quarantine. However, Gov. David Ige recently approved Kauai’s request to have all travelers undergo a 14-day quarantine, regardless of COVID-19 test results.