Attempting to Fly Could Lead to Quarantine
A major airline based in the USA announced it will implement touchless thermometer temperature screenings for all passengers and team members prior to boarding flights, effective June 1, 2020.
Frontier Airlines said on May 7, 2020, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied boarding.
If a Frontier customer’s temperature reading is 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be given time to rest, if the flight departure time allows, before receiving another temperature check.
If the 2nd check is 100.4 degrees or higher, a Frontier gate agent will explain to the customer that they will not be flying that day for the health and safety of others.
And, Frontier will work with that customer to rebook travel on a later date or otherwise accommodate the traveler’s preferences with respect to their current reservation.
The good news is Frontier announced it ‘will not maintain a record of the temperatures of passengers.’
“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount, and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone on board,” said Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle, in a related press statement.
“This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their well-being is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”
Frontier previously announced sweeping enhancements in April 2020 to improve the health and safety of every step of a customer’s travel journey with the airline.
Beginning with a health acknowledgment prior to completing check-in via the company’s website or mobile app, passengers are required to confirm that:
- Neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited Covid-19 related symptoms in the last 14 days
- They will check their temperature before heading to the airport and not travel if they have a fever
- They will wash their hands/sanitize before boarding the flight
- They understand and acknowledge the airline’s face covering policy
Frontier also introduced a fogging disinfectant to its already stringent aircraft cleaning and sanitation protocols, which provides a safe, certified disinfecting solution proven to be effective against many viruses, including coronavirus.
The fogging process includes virtually every surface in the passenger cabin. Planes are wiped down every night with additional disinfectant, as well.
During each flight, main cabin air is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside and air that has been passed through an air filtration system that features HEPA filters capable of capturing respiratory virus particles at more than 99.7% efficiency – similar to those used in hospital environments.
Furthermore, Biffle noted in the press statement that ‘the company believes passengers should be screened as they are entering an airport and the Transportation Security Administration and airport authorities may be working to lay that groundwork.’
This statement could mean, depending on which state the airplane is departing from, passenger identities may be submitted to local authorities for further health screening or antibody tests.
According to various media reports, this type of innovative screening process may lead to unintended consequences, such as a forced quarantine.
Various US states have announced extensive efforts to perform ‘contact-tracing’ for any person suspected to have been ‘in-contact’ with a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infected person, or a COVID-19 disease patient.
For additional information, visit Frontier Airlines.
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