If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it is to travel safely. And while many of us may steer clear of flights for a long long time, those needed to fly post lockdown will be relieved to know that airlines world over are now coming up with measures to tackle the risks of disease transmission in transit. In working on similar lines, Etihad Airways is all set to trail scanners that detect whether passengers traveling with them are sick.
The new technology is primarily been developed to keep the global transmission of deadly viruses under control. The novel scanners -produced by Australian company Elenium Automation – will be able to records different biometrics, like body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate––all things which can indicate illness. They will be placed at check-in, baggage drop, and security points as well as at the immigration gate and will suspend the traveler’s from proceeding if they catch any sickness in progress.
Commenting on the initiative, Etihad executive Jorg Oppermann in a statement to Forbes said, “This technology is not designed or intended to diagnose medical conditions,” He further added, “It is an early warning indicator which will help to identify people with general symptoms, so that they can be further assessed by medical experts, potentially preventing the spread of some conditions to others preparing to board flights to multiple destinations.” The airlines will begin trials for the new technology in April through May with the help of volunteers and actual departing passengers.