HEATHROW is to test for coronavirus – with thermal imaging cameras checking passengers for the fatal disease.
The airport is also seeking to introduce contactless security measures and UV technology to keep travelers safe.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news and updates
The leaders hope the trial will be successful enough that other major airports can also use the same measures.
They will begin screening tests over the next two weeks at Terminal 2 – including facial recognition thermal screening technology to accurately track body temperature.
Pressure is mounting on airports to introduce social distancing in the midst of the pandemic, but the bosses said it was not possible and said it would lead to 1 km queues.
Rather, they hope that the introduction of health screening will be enough to stop the spread of the virus.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Aviation is the cornerstone of the British economy, and to restart the economy the government must help restart aviation.
“The United Kingdom has the third largest aviation sector in the world, providing the government with a platform to take the initiative to agree on a common international standard for aviation health with our major trading partners .
“This standard is essential to minimize the transmission of Covid-19 across borders, and the technology we are testing at Heathrow could be part of the solution.”
Heathrow will test UV sanitation, which could be used to “quickly and effectively disinfect safety platforms”, thermal recognition facial recognition technology to track body temperature and non-contact safety screening equipment to “reduce person to person contact ”.
It comes after Gatwick airport boss said travelers should be forced to undergo coronavirus testing 48 hours before takeoff after the lockout is completed.
The terminal’s chief executive also asked passengers to carry “health passports” to prove they are clear and wear face covers during flights.
Similar mandatory measures are already being considered elsewhere in Europe after the deadly outbreak that paralyzed travel around the world.
Matt Hancock revealed last month that at least 15,000 people flew to the UK every day without health checks.
hooked on FURLOUGH
Retirement plan to be ‘resolved’ amid fears British are ‘dependent’
Lockout measures could be changed on Monday, says Boris to PMQ
Employees “should work 4 days at the office then 10 at home to defeat the coronavirus”
Kim Jong-un’s body claims twice after first appearance since death
Government scientist behind lock quits after “breaking the rules to meet a married lover”
8 million Britons may have already had coronavirus, according to German infection study
The Secretary of Health said that the equivalent of 105,000 passengers per week entered the United Kingdom from countries including those suffering from serious coronavirus epidemics – including the United States, China, Spain and the Italy.
About 18 million people have been admitted to Britain without any screening because a deadly coronavirus has spread around the world.
The government has been criticized for failing to impose health checks or a period of isolation for those arriving at UK airports.
But the ministers stressed that routine medical screening of all arriving passengers would do nothing to stop the spread of the disease due to the scale of the epidemic in the United Kingdom.
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN KNOWLEDGE
Don’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential tips for you and your family.
To receive the Coronavirus du Soleil newsletter in your inbox every tea hour, sign up here.
To follow us on Facebook, just like our Coronavirus page.
Get Britain’s top-selling daily newspaper on your smartphone or tablet every day – learn more.