PEOPLE flying In from Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca airports are expecting temperature screening at Heathrow.
The UK’s biggest airport today (May 21) launched a trial of thermal screening equipment in Terminal 2’s immigration area.
It’s a sign of things to come for passengers from countries like Spain, as air carriers are announcing plans to resume services over the next two months.
The Heathrow equipment will spot any above average temperatures of people who arrive from a flight by using cameras that can log the temperatures of groups of people on the move.
Heathrow says that will be no changes at all for any arriving passengers, barring some information signs that have been put up.
Airport bosses say that if the tests work out, then it will be rolled further across the facility in a test mode.
In a BBC Radio interview, John Holland-Kaye from the airport pushed for a common standard of monitoring so that passengers know exactly where they stand, rather than different countries running all kinds of procedures that might surprise them.
“When we went into this crisis every country had its own set of measures and Public Health England do have screens they adopt when people arrive into this country, but this mismatch of methods really confuses the travelling public.”
“They are worried they have been screened in one country and not in another because they can’t see all the screens, and that’s exactly why we need a common standard a common international standard.”