(CNN) — If you could book a seat on a flight where you were guaranteed not to catch coronavirus, would you do it?
Alitalia is an airline betting that the answer to that question is “yes.”
There are two ways to do that: by getting tested within 72 hours of flying and bringing a negative certificate to the airport, or by getting a negative result of a rapid antigen test at the airport’s Covid testing facility. These flights will have a dedicated security line for extra safety.
Right now, this testing procedure isn’t significantly different from what many airlines are doing around the world. But labeling the flight “Covid-tested” could provide much-appreciated peace of mind to travelers who are antsy about boarding a plane amid a pandemic.
For Alitalia, the way ahead is not only about making passengers feel safe on board.
It’s unclear what will happen with the “Covid-tested flights,” though. Does this mean passengers would not have to wear masks on board, or that the airline will be able to fill middle seats?
For now, this experiment remains an experiment.