Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti this week announced the Terminal Wellness Project for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that will feature thermal camera technology that can help identify travelers with an elevated body temperature.
The project, part of the continuing response to the COVID-19 health crisis, begins June 23, with thermal cameras deployed at two locations inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal –– at the main entrance on the departures level and inside the terminal near select international arrivals and both arriving and departing passengers will be screened.
The cameras are designed to rapidly identify people with body temperatures of 100.4 degrees or more, the current guideline for detecting a fever set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
These thermal camera temperature checks will not replace other safety measures in place. To protect guest privacy, cameras will not store, transmit, or share any data or images taken. Guests who decline to participate will have the opportunity to use a different pathway.
“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,” said Justin Erbacci, LAWA’s chief executive officer designate. “Our Terminal Wellness Pilot Project is part of our extensive efforts to protect all those traveling through LAX and is another example of how LAWA is setting new standards for the airport industry with best practices, technology and innovation.”