Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport may notice something new watching them — thermal cameras.
- Starting on June 23, LAX will use new thermal camera technology at two spots — the Tom Bradley International Terminal to help find passengers who might have above-average body temperatures, according to LAX.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles World Airports announced the decision on Monday, hoping that the new cameras will combat the coronavirus.
- The thermal scans are reportedly voluntary. LAX will add signs that explain where passengers could be scanned for their thermal body temperatures, according to Fox News.
- Anyone who tests about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be given a second test with no context.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff may get involved and some passengers might be encouraged not to travel if their temperatures are too high.
What’s being said:
- Garcetti said: “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. This project reflects the best of this city’s innovative spirit, and it will help keep travelers healthy and set a new industry standard.”
- Justin Erbacci, an official with Los Angeles World Airports said: “If you had to stop and check each one individually it would be a very long process. There would be queues outside. It would probably be anti-safe because you would have a queuing problem and physical distancing problem.”
What else is at the airport
According to ABC-7, LAX has also added partitions and shields at reservation desks to help keep people stay safe from COVID-19. More than 250 hand sanitizer stations have also been added there.