2 Tourists Tried to Bribe Screener at Hawaii Airport to Avoid COVID Rules, Officials Said

Neither traveler from Louisiana had a valid pre-test or a COVID-19 exemption as part of the state’s Safe Travels Hawai'i program, authorities said

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Two people who flew into Hawaii from Louisiana were arrested last week after allegedly trying to bribe their way out of the state’s required COVID-19 precautions, NBC News reports.

One of the personnel who screens incoming travelers at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu alerted authorities after it happened Friday, according to Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety and the state's attorney general’s office.

Johntrell White, 29, allegedly told the screener he would offer her $2,000 if she allowed him to pass by without the mandatory quarantine. Then Nadia Bailey, 28, allegedly added that she would throw in an added $1,000 if the screener allowed both of them to go through without quarantining.

Neither traveler had a valid pre-test or COVID-19 exemption, authorities said.

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