U.S. airlines are encouraging the TSA to begin conducting
temperature checks as part of its passenger screening process.
“Temperature checks are one of several public health
measures recommended by the CDC amid the Covid-19 pandemic and will add an
extra layer of protection for passengers as well as airline and airport
employees,” the trade group Airlines for America said in a statement over the
“Temperature checks also will provide additional public
confidence that is critical to relaunching air travel and our nation’s economy.”
A4A’s passenger airline members include American, Delta, Southwest,
United, Alaska, JetBlue and Hawaiian.
The call came two days after Frontier announced that on June
1 it will implement temperature checks prior to boarding for all passengers and
temperature checks at the start of work shifts for employees. Customers whose
temperature reads 100.4 degrees or higher won’t be allowed to board their
flight. If time allows, Frontier will do two temperature checks for passengers,
with a break in between them, before refusing boarding.
A4A said TSA would be a more proper entity than individual
airlines to undertake temperature checks.
“As all screening processes for the traveling public are the
responsibility of the U.S. government, having temperature checks performed by
the TSA will ensure that procedures are standardized, providing consistency
across airports so that travelers can plan appropriately,” the organization
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