Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has continually altered the screening process of airport passengers to maintain the safety of customers and employees.
However, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly thinks more can be done, urging the TSA to incorporate temperature checks into the screening process.
Kelly and other airline executives, such as Delta CEO Ed Bastian, have frequently suggested alternative methods to ensure air travel safety, including temperature checks and “immunity passports.” Kelly has continually expressed in interviews with “CBS This Morning” and CNBC that temperature checks will convince travelers that it is safe to fly again.
“We’ll need to work with the federal government in terms of screening customers to make sure, for example, that you don’t have someone getting on the airplane that has a fever,” Kelly said. “I think that that’s going to be very important.”
Air Canada became the first North American airline to require pre-flight temperature checks earlier this week.
Additionally, Seattle airport Paine Field has begun to screen passengers for fevers with a thermal camera. Passengers flagged as having a temperature will be offered secondary screening, and if a fever is confirmed, the passenger and the airline will determine their ability to travel…