COVID-19 vs the aviation industry: who’s doing what?

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Airports around the world continue to announce innovative measures that are designed to boost travellers’ confidence.

In London’s Heathrow Airport, for example, trials of temperature screening technology have now started in the Terminal 2 immigration hall. The camera detection system is capable of monitoring multiple passengers moving through the airport. Signs make passengers aware of the technology, but there will be no other visible changes to the arrivals area.

Meanwhile the UK’s busiest airport Heathrow is also studying the possibility of using UV sanitation for security trays and contact-free security screening equipment to reduce person-to-person contact.

Elsewhere in the world, Russian minister of transportation Yevgeny Dietrich has inspected Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport to ensure it is ready to resume air operations.

COVID-19-combating measures at the airport include dedicating Terminal F for arrivals from high-risk countries, deploying medical personnel to the Terminal F baggage claim hall, and having two teams from the Territorial Center for Emergency Medicine for Moscow Region on duty at all times. Moscow is also trialing thermal imaging cameras to identify potential travelers with coronavirus.

All terminals at Sheremetyevo now have isolation wards, periodic checks of ventilation systems are carried out, hand disinfectors have been fitted to all bathrooms, masks and other items are available for purchase, staff will be tested for COVID-19 and provided with personal protective equipment. Markings have been placed on the floor to ensure social distancing of 1.5 meters and the airport is providing information about rules of conduct at the airport.

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