LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) – One U.S. airport is beginning a pilot program that makes use of thermal cameras to identify passengers with a fever. The hope is to determine vacationers with the coronavirus.
Los Angeles Worldwide Airport is testing how properly three completely different techniques determine passengers with a temperature of 100.four or increased as they move by. Flyers flagged for fever can be examined once more by a medical skilled on the spot.
However Harvard researchers warn temperature screenings may miss two-thirds of coronavirus circumstances. A reopening doc from Airports Council Worldwide and the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation says the screenings “have not proved to be 100% effective” however “can play a useful role in reassuring the travelling public.”
“This is not meant to catch everybody, it’s just another layer of protection that we have, on top of many other layers, to try to do all we can to make sure that our airports are clean, healthy, and safe,” says Justin Erbaci, LAX’s interim CEO.
Qatar Airways resumes LAX service subsequent week. Its flight attendants are sporting head-to-toe PPE, however its CEO Akbar Al Baker calls pre-flight temperature checks “another PR exercise.” He says, “We are only doing this to satisfy ourselves. The science doesn’t prove that you need to do a temperature check, but we will do.”
Seattle’s Paine Subject was the primary U.S. airport to launch temperature checks. Frontier Airways began screening passengers at boarding this month.