The way to “perfect the system” for testing inbound Hawaii passengers for COVID-19 would be to extend the mandatory preflight testing to four days from three and then require a second test upon arrival, Lt. Gov. Josh Green told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Spotlight Hawaii online video program.
The extra day to get tested for COVID-19 before boarding a Hawaii-bound flight would allow passengers more time to find a test site on the mainland and receive their results earlier. A second test upon arrival would provide an extra layer of reassurance for worried island residents and their mayors, who are calling for new requirements.
But Green said there is little reason to change the current system because it’s working, although concerns remain over its effects on a battered tourism-based economy.
“I don’t know why people would want to make wholesale changes to a system where we’ve got the lowest rate in