Heathrow airport will soon begin trial technologies that could eventually become the basis of a common international standard for health screening across airports around the world. John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive at the airport has informed the House of Commons about this crucial development.
An international standard for travelling will be developed
Holland-Kaye wants the government to take lead in developing an international standard for travel post the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures will include reliable and valid technological processes as well as innovations new to the airport environment.
Certain concepts that may soon be implemented including UV sanitation, which could be used to quickly and efficiently sanitise security trays; facial recognition thermal screening technology to accurately track body temperature; and contact-free security screening equipment to reduce person-to-person contact.
These new measures will be reviewed against Heathrow’s three tests to ensure their medical efficacy so that they build consumer confidence and are practical for airports to implement. Holland-Kaye said: “Aviation is the cornerstone of the UK economy, and to restart the economy, the government needs to help restart aviation.”
He added: “The UK has the world’s third-largest aviation sector offering the platform for the government to take a lead in agreeing a common international standard for aviation health with our main trading partners.
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