Wait for COVID test at JFK airport ‘upwards of 4 hours,’ lines long around NYC

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NEW YORK — Flying out of JFK?

You’ll likely have problems getting a COVID test. Lines were “extremely long” on Sunday and wait times for the coronavirus test were upwards of four hours,” John F. Kennedy International Airport tweeted.

As of 8:40 p.m., officials said testing sites at the airport would close soon for the day.

“It is STRONGLY advised that you obtain a test PRIOR to coming to the airport if a negative test is required to travel to your destination,” the airport tweeted.

Lines for testing were long around New York and New Jersey on Sunday as reported COVID cases spiked and residents got ready for the holidays.

Despite COVID, Cindy Shappell flew to New York City to finally see “The Music Man” on Broadway.

The South Carolina woman was one of more than two million people screened each day at airports across the country this last weekend before Christmas: that’s nearly double the number of air travelers flying compared to this same time last year. It’s still below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

Experts advise carrying proof of vaccination along with, if required, a negative COVID test result.

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