Aim is to develop a common standard for all major airports
Heathrow Airport is to trial technologies and processes which could form the basis of a Common International Standard for health screening at all global airports.
The aim of the collective measures being trialled is to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19 while travelling.
Concepts under review include: UV sanitation, which could be used to quickly and efficiently sanitise security trays; facial recognition thermal screening technology to accurately track body temperature; and contact-free security screening equipment to reduce person-to-person contact.
The first of these trials will be a temperature screening technology which uses camera detection systems capable of monitoring the temperatures of people moving through the airport.
These passenger-facing trials will first be conducted in the airport’s immigration halls.
If successful, the equipment will then be rolled out to departures, connections and colleague search areas. The trials will begin in Terminal 2.
Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said: “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.”