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Heathrow to trial thermal screening technology

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Heathrow Airport are to trial temperature screening technology to find signs of those who may have coronavirus.

Thermal screening technology will be trialled in two weeks-time at terminal 2 and will scan those who move through the terminal and monitor their temperatures.

UV sanitation is under review which quickly cleanses trays at security which reduces person-to-person contact.

Should the trial be a success then it will be rolled out across the airport.

Hong Kong are currently using temperature screening and are now testing robots to clean, with full body disinfectant booths that in just 40 seconds sanitises peoples clothes.

John Holland-Kaye the chief executive of Heathrow Airport, told the Commons’ transport committee on Wednesday, “Aviation is the cornerstone of the UK economy, and to restart the economy the government needs to help restart aviation.

“The UK has the world’s third-largest aviation sector, offering the platform for the government to take a lead in agreeing a common international standard for aviation health with our main trading partners.

“This standard is key to minimising transmission of Covid-19 across borders, and the technology we are trialling at Heathrow could be part of the solution.”

Earlier this week, Holland-Kaye wrote in The Daily Telegraph, “Forget social distancing, it won’t work in aviation or any other form of public transport, and the problem is not the plane, it is the lack of space in the airport.

“Just one jumbo jet would require a queue a kilometre long.”

He added, “The Prime Minister has talked about restarting the engines of the British economy.

“We are ready to play our part, but first we need his help to restart the engines of the British aviation fleet.”




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