Airlines for America, an industry trade organization that represents major U.S. airlines, said it would support temperature checks conducted by the Transportation Security Administration on passengers and customer-facing employees.
The TSA is not currently doing such 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,” a release from A4A said.
When asked for comment, TSA said the agency “continues to rely on the health expertise of HHS and the CDC” and that “ongoing discussions with our DHS and interagency colleagues, as well as our airport and airline partners, will enable the agency to make informed decisions with regard to the health and safety of the aviation environment.”
This comes after Frontier Airlines, which is not represented by A4A, announced it will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and employees prior to boarding aircraft, making it the first major U.S. airline to announce plans to do so.