June 26, 2020
Los Angeles International Airport will now feature two thermal camera zones to screen travelers for COVID-19 symptoms.
The thermal cameras are currently operating in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with one in the terminal’s main entrance for departing travelers and another in the arrivals area.
The cameras will scan passengers and flag those with temperatures of 100.4°Fahrenheit or higher, the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for a fever, one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
‘A world-class airport isn’t defined just by our historic investments in a reimagined LAX and an improved traveling experience –– it’s also about world-class safety,’ LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a speech at the launch.
‘This project reflects the best of this city’s innovative spirit, and it will help keep travelers healthy and set a new industry standard.’
The thermal camera zones will be voluntary and clearly marked with signs that indicate entering the zone constitutes consent to being scanned.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles World Airport group, the cameras ‘will not store, transmit, or share any data or images taken.’
Passengers who wish to not participate will have access to alternate pathways in and out of the airport terminal.
This article was posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 3:46 am