LAX utilizes thermal cameras in scanning temperatures of passengers to reduce spread of COVID-19

Flyertalk has announced Los Angeles International Airport has begun temperature scanning through the use of thermal cameras to screen passengers who may be showing symptoms of COVID-19, the news source said.

The trial will use three different technologies to screen passengers at two stations inside the international terminal.

The airport authority announced thermal cameras will be deployed at two places inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to screen passengers as part of their Terminal Wellness Project.

The cameras are calibrated to identify passengers who may have a body temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that those who have a temperature at or beyond that threshold may be positive for COVID-19.

The temperature screening is part of a larger response to the novel Coronavirus pandemic at LAX. In addition to deploying over 250 hand sanitizer stations, the airport is regularly cleaning high traffic areas, and asking everyone to wear a face covering while inside the terminals.

Los Angeles airport officials say they are working with multiple stakeholders to launch and evaluate the camera trial. Partners in the program include the Transportation Security Administration, the CDC, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.