Los Angeles International Airport Now Using Thermal Cameras to Help Combat Coronavirus

by Hunter Miller

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be using thermal camera technology starting June 23. The purpose of the new procedure is to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced the decision on Monday. Authorities plan to place the thermal cameras at two key points in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The key points include the main entrance to the departure level of Tom Bradley and inside the terminal near “select international arrivals,” L.A. World Airports said in a statement, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti explains how the technology points to the city’s desire to improve the travel experience. “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,” Garcetti said, according to Fox News.

Garcetti continued by adding that the move will hopefully become the standard for other airports. “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 imaging scans are voluntary. Additionally, for those wanting a thermal scan, look for signage placed within the terminal to direct arriving and departing passengers to scanning areas. Passengers with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will receive a secondary no-contact test. According to LAWA, arriving passengers “may” be referred to CDC staff. However, airport authorities advise departing passengers with coronavirus symptoms “that they should not travel.”

Statement from LAWA’s Interim CEO and Info About the Cameras

LAWA CEO designate Justin Erbacci explains the organization’s desire to ensure traveler health and safety. “Our Terminal Wellness Pilot Project is part of our extensive efforts to protect all those traveling through LAX and is another example of how LAWA is setting new standards for the airport industry with best practices, technology and innovation,” Erbacci said.

Erbacci says the goal is to ensure safety and not to effectively track down people with a high fever. “This is not meant to catch everybody, it’s just another layer of protection,” he said. Erbacci continued by adding that LAWA implements thermal cameras and other measures “on top of many other layers, to try to do all we can to make sure our airports our clean, healthy and safe.”

The scanning process implements the use of three types of thermal cameras, provided by Schneider Electric. The TSA, CDC, and Los Angeles public health department will be working in order to determine which is the most accurate.

Over the past few months, LAWA implemented dozens of other health and safety measures. In May, LAWA required all LAX passengers to wear face coverings at all times. However, LAWA made two exceptions. Firstly, passengers need not wear a mask when eating and drinking. Secondly, the health organization made an exception for those unable to wear masks.

L.A. County recorded more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus each of the past three days. In total, the county reports 85,942 coronavirus cases with 3,137 deaths.

[H/T Fox News]