LAX introduces trial with thermal camera technology

23 June 2020 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2020 11:59)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US has launched its Terminal Wellness Project, which uses thermal camera technology to identify travellers with high body temperatures.

LAX introduces trial with thermal camera technology
Thermal camera technology will identify travellers with high body temperatures who pass through Los Angeles International Airport. Credit: Los Angeles World Airports.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US has launched its Terminal Wellness Project, which uses thermal camera technology to identify travellers with high body temperatures.

This measure is part of the city’s efforts to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “A world-class airport isn’t defined just by our historic investments in a reimagined LAX and an improved travelling experience; it’s also about world-class safety.

“This project reflects the best of this city’s innovative spirit, and it will help keep travellers healthy and set a new industry standard.”

Before the pandemic, the airport was reported to be the world’s third busiest airport and served around 88.1 million passengers last year.

However, passenger traffic at LAX decreased by 95% in April compared to the same month last year.

From 23 June, the airport will deploy cameras at two locations in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, at the main entrance on the departures level and inside the terminal near some international arrivals.

The airport will screen arriving and departing passengers.

The cameras are expected to quickly identify passengers who have a body temperature of over 100.4°F, which follows the current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for fever detection.

The trial is a voluntary programme and signage is present in the airport to alert passengers where the trial is located.

If a participant is detected to have a high body temperature, a medical professional will carry out a secondary screening with a handheld, non-contact thermometer.

Departing passengers with high body temperatures will be asked to not travel while the arriving passengers will be redirected to on-site CDC staff.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has partnered with Carlyle Airport Group through Schneider Electric for the trial.

LAWA CEO designate Justin Erbacci said: “Los Angeles World Airports has been rapidly evolving its policies, procedures, technology offerings, and physical spaces to ensure the safety and health of passengers and employees alike.

“With the incredible help from the Carlyle Airport Group, Schneider Electric, and our other partners, LAX will lead the nation in a comprehensive test of thermal imaging.

“Our Terminal Wellness Pilot Project is part of our extensive efforts to protect all those travelling through LAX and is another example of how LAWA is setting new standards for the airport industry with best practices, technology and innovation.”

In February, LAX started testing a self-service baggage drop system at its Tom Bradley International Terminal.