Airport passenger screening tests thermal cameras and other technology to screen travelers for coronavirus

June 1, 2020
Technology to target travelers infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is to be more intense and widespread than during previous outbreaks.

WASHINGTON – Airports equipped with full-body scanners, metal detectors, and face-recognition technology to identify potential terrorists are starting to make room for devices to target the latest global threat: travelers infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Stars and Stripes reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 June 2020 -- Airports in the U.S. and overseas are testing thermal cameras, sanitation booths, and other technologies for passenger screening in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus while reducing the risk of exposing airport screeners to the disease.

The pandemic has pushed demand for airport travel down by as much as 95% in the U.S., and airport operators hope new screening technologies will give passengers renewed confidence to fly again.

At Los Angeles International Airport, once one of the nation's busiest airports, interim Chief Executive Justin Erbacci recently announced the creation of a COVID-19 recovery task force that has started to evaluate using thermal cameras, touch-less kiosks and other technologies to screen passengers for the virus.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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