Coronavirus Updates: London’s Heathrow Airport launches thermal screening trial

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Coronavirus Updates: London's Heathrow Airport launches thermal screening trial
Coronavirus Updates: London's Heathrow Airport launches thermal screening trial

London’s Heathrow Airport announced Thursday it has launched thermal screening in one of its arrival terminals to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The equipment will be installed in Terminal 2’s immigration hall and can detect elevated temperatures of arriving passengers. No personal data will be stored or shared through those trials, according to a press release from the airport.

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“The technology under trial uses camera detection systems capable of monitoring the temperatures of multiple people moving through the airport,” Heathrow Airport said in a statement. “Passengers will be alerted to the trials through signage placed at the immigration hall, but will otherwise see no visible change to their arrivals journey as no other screening methods will be needed.”

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If successful, the equipment may be rolled out across the airport into departures, connections as well as colleague search areas “to further stress test its capabilities,” according to the press release.

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