Delta Airlines is checking temperatures of flyers that are traveling to Los Angeles during the next few weeks.
However, the airline started checking temperatures on Tuesday, August 11, as part of a three-week pilot program. Delta’s test expands a temperature-screening pilot. That the airport itself began testing at its Tom Bradley International Terminal in late June.
“As a part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate and provide additional layers of protection for our customers and employees. We are testing a temperature screening process for customers flying out of LAX Terminal 2,” Delta Air Lines said in a statement to TPG on Monday. “Customers who have a temperature of 100.4. Or higher will not be allowed to board consistent with the CDC’s fever threshold.”
However, Delta is the second US airline to check customer temperatures. Whereas Frontier Airlines was the first to start this and it is doing since June. It was taking passengers’ readings before boarding. Unlike Delta, Frontier’s temperature screenings are still going on since June and are practice across its network.
However, it is not clear if this screening will be practiced permanently. The airline might use it for other airports if the LAX pilot proves to be a success.
For now, the program will affect Delta customers who begin to travel at LAX. Or who connects from the international Bradley Terminal to Delta flights in terminals T2 and T3. it will require those flyers to pass by thermal imaging cameras at the LAX T2 departure checkpoint.
However, this checking will not be for the passengers traveling via connecting flights within the T2 and T3 terminals.
However, If any passenger does not comply with Delta’s temperature screening policy. The airline will ask that passenger to book a flight for a different date or to cancel the reservation and offer a refund.
The Pandemic Effect
Airlines around the world are struggling to cope up with the collapse in travel. Travel demand was only 4% of normal demand in April. Many airlines were getting cancellations and refund requests.
However, in June the airlines enjoyed a slight rebound. Even with the rebound, domestic passenger numbers are still down 72% year-over-year for the week ending August 2, according to trade group Airlines for America.
The airlines are worried about the demand as they are concerned it will again go down after the summer season is over.