Airline Will Pay Your Medical and Funeral Costs if You Catch COVID-19 While Traveling

Johnny Lopez
July 28, 2020 - 6:18 pm

    An airline is incentivizing people to fly amid the pandemic by offering up coronavirus insurance.

    Emirates, the state-owned airline of the United Arab Emirates, has pledged to cover the medical, quarantine and funeral costs of any passenger diagnosed with COVID-19 while traveling, reported CNN.

    The Dubai-based airline will provide up to approximately $176,000 (150,000 euros) in medical expenses, as well as $118 (100 euros) per day to cover quarantine accommodations for up to two weeks.

    In addition, should things take a turn for the worse, Emirates will provide up to $1,765 toward a passenger’s funeral/burial costs, the New York Post noted.

    “Emirates has worked hard to put in place measures at every step of the customer journey to mitigate risk of infection, and we have also revamped our booking policies to offer flexibility,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates group chairman and chief executive, said in a press release.

    “We are now taking it to the next level, by being the first in the industry to offer our customers free global cover for COVID-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs should they incur these costs during their travel.”

    The COVID coverage is available to all passengers at no extra cost and applied automatically, from now until October 31. It's also valid for 31 days from "the moment you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you travel onwards to another city," the airline said.

    While Emirates has taken this innovative approach to bolster traveler confidence, most other major airlines have implemented mandatory face mask policies while on board.

    Last week, Delta’s CEO revealed they’ve already banned over 100 passengers who refused to wear a mask on their flights.

    “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t fly Delta into the future,” Ed Bastain told “Today.” “We already have over 100 people we've put on that list.”

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