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LAX to use thermal cameras to detect fevers to slow COVID-19


LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday that Los Angeles International Airport will use thermal camera technology to identify passengers with high body temperature.

  • The thermal cameras will be stationed inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with one at the main entrance on the departures level and inside the terminal near select international arrivals with both arriving and departing passengers screened.

  • The cameras are designed to identify people with body temperatures of 100.4 degrees or more

  • This is a voluntary program.

Why this matters:

As airlines welcome back more passengers, airports have been placed in a difficult task of balancing security for crime, terrorism, and now COVID-19, along with avoiding long lines and flight delays.


What they're saying:

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti: “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,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This project reflects the best of this city’s innovative spirit, and it will help keep travelers healthy and set a new industry standard.”

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