Major U.S. Airlines Want Passengers to Undergo Temperature Checks

Tarrah Gibbons
May 10, 2020 - 10:49 am
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If you’re planning to fly this summer, you may have to wait in line to get your temperature checked.

Reuters reported that a major United States airline trade group said that it agreed with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to check temperatures of passengers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airlines for America represent the largest airlines in the nation, including Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines. 

All airlines in the organization said the checks would protect the many passengers as well as airline and airport employees. The organization said these checks would provide “additional public confidence” for the nation’s economy and relaunching air travel.

A U.S. official said that no decision had been made on whether or not to mandate the temperature checks. Before making the decision, government agencies must give their input on this plan. When this happens, a decision could potentially be made next week.

Additionally, no decision has been made about what government officials would do if someone had a high temperature and was turned away from a flight. 

TSA Administrator David Pekoske also said that no decision was made about when and where the temperature checks would take place.

“It’s been a discussion that’s been ongoing for several weeks now,” he said.

As the pandemic continues, on May 4, JetBlue began to require all passengers to wear face coverings during travel to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The company is now the first major U.S. airline to implement that new policy. Previously, the airline required all crew members wear face coverings while working.

Delta also announced that it will join American, United and JetBlue airlines in requiring employees to wear face masks or face coverings.

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