Feds mandating temperatures checks for all airline passengers

The Canadian Press has reported Canada´s transport minister said air travellers will need to have their temperatures checked before they´re allowed to board planes, but the system will take months to set up, the news source said.

The measure is meant to keep COVID-19 from spreading as more people start flying again.

The transport minister said the requirement will be phased in, starting with people boarding planes bound for Canada at the end of June. It will expand to the country´s four largest airports (in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary) by the end of July, and then 11 more airports serving mostly domestic travellers at the end of September.

The order for travellers heading into Canada from abroad is easy for the government to impose: airlines, many of which are already conducting such checks, are responsible for them. Within Canada, the checks will be done by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

He said if a first check finds a would-be traveller has a fever, his or her temperature will be taken again in 10 minutes. Anyone found with a fever in both checks will not be allowed to fly and will be told to try again in 14 days.

Canada has rules against allowing people on planes who have obvious symptoms of the novel coronavirus and screening forms meant to get travellers to self-report the possibility they are sick. But it has not been actively checking flyers for fevers, as many other countries have.