Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) needs to advise the public if the cheaper and non-invasive antigen test is being accepted by the airline for travel to the United States.

The US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that the antigen test is allowed.

My relative, who recently visited Trinidad and lives in the US, recently took the antigen test which was accepted by JetBlue Airways.

However, another elderly relative who has booked with CAL to travel to Orlando, Florida, is being told she must take the more expensive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.

She is being told by the travel agent that she must pay the travel agency $1,380 although the testing facility’s fee is $1,100.
The cost of the antigen test is $550.

My elderly relative who lives in the US has been here since the border was closed, and now wants to return home.
She can barely make ends meet, and is being asked to pay for the more expensive option.

Can CAL please update its website so that the travelling public would not have to bear the unnecessary expense and the trauma of the PCR test?
S Ramkissoon
San Fernando


The release of an anonymous voice note reporting mayhem in Port of Spain on Sunday, followed by Monday’s explosion of a device crudely built with firecrackers, suggests a calculated attempt to destabilise the population at a time when there is no Commissioner on Police in office.

I can only imagine being a diehard supporter and witnessing this political calamity occurring right before your eyes. Do you turn a blind eye, or do you face the veracity?

This is a letter to the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).

Madam President, you and your colleagues at TTUTA have failed your members—the teachers. You seem to be more concerned with the image of your office and the brand that is TTUTA, instead of the well-being of your teachers.

“The future of our nation is in our children’s school bags.”

—Dr Eric Williams

What does it say for the future of our nation that our children’s school bags have been empty for the past 19 months? We all know education is arguably the primary indicator for social, economic and national development in any country.

TWO news items carried on different pages in the last edition of the Sunday Express combined to topple an intention to dedicate today’s agenda to the abolitionist cause.

It seems that the Ministry of Agriculture and, by extension, the Government of the day, has finally come to realise that farming, to a great extent, is the one sector to save us from a growing food import bill and, indeed, starvation.