Laguardia Fliers Wait Hours In Freezing Cold With Kids For COVID Tests


Some LaGuardia Airport travelers are missing flight after flight while waiting in the freezing cold — with their kids — for COVID-19 tests, the NY Post reports.

“My youngest, she has to get tested, and the line was very long — five hours or so — so we missed the flight yesterday,” lamented Silke Hansel, who has been trying to get home to Austria for two days, to The Post on Monday.

The mom of three’s youngest daughter, Denise, 8, only has one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, so the family could not board their connecting US flight Sunday until she took a PCR test to prove she’s negative for the virus.

Hansel said she was told by their airline to just get Denise tested at LaGuardia the day they were to start flying home to Vocklaburck. But after getting stuck waiting for a test so long there Sunday that they missed their flight, they booked an 11:45 a.m. trip Monday, only to have to reschedule again because of the lines.

Subcribe to The Jewish Link Eblast

The Hansel family took turns standing in the long COVID testing line.

They were still waiting Monday afternoon to get Denise’s test at the airport’s site — a city van in a parking lot outside Terminal B.

“It is so cold we take turns, share all the jackets,” Hansel said. “My 15-year-old is wearing our three jackets.

“It is four hours on line so far. … Now we try to rebook, but it is complicated because the flight must connect in Charlotte, [NC]. Read more at the NY Post.


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