Canberra Airport introduces body temperature-reading cameras as part its Covid-19 measures

Canberra Airport. (KEY - Tom Allett)

As an additional safety measure against Covid-19, Canberra Airport became the first major Australian airport to introduce body temperature scanning at security checkpoints this week.

Head of aviation, Michael Thomson, said that Canberra Airport is open for business and the body scanning was another step the airport is taking to assist passengers to feel safe and secure to fly.

“Passengers departing Canberra arrive at airport security as usual and as they pass through security a camera takes their image and records their temperature in real-time,” Mr Thomson said.

“If a passenger has a body temperature over 37.8 degrees celsius they will be attended by a registered nurse immediately. The nurse will provide a face mask, offer to take their temperature again, and ask the passenger to participate in a questionnaire.

“If a passenger continues to display signs of high temperature or fever then the airline they intend to travel with will be informed. This way both the individual passenger and the airlines will be best informed to make sensible decisions about whether the passenger should be travelling at this time.

“This is one measure in a suite of measures we are employing through and beyond Covid-19 – including extra cleaning, hand-sanitiser being available for all, social distancing measures within the terminal and more.

“Canberra Airport is open for business and we always put your safety first. I encourage passengers to get back to flying for essential travel knowing that our body temperature screening is yet another step we are taking for you to feel safe when you travel.”

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Australian Medical Association president, Dr Antonio Di Dio, said doctors welcomed the innovation endorsing the precautionary and safety conscious approach.

He said: “We thank the owners of Canberra Airport for this action which we think is responsible and prudent, but also shows leadership in how we can minimise and mitigate risks for all travellers to and from Canberra.”

The introduction of the new body temperature technology created by EOS Australia has also been welcomes by airlines.

Dr Sara Souter, Virgin Australia group medical officer said: “The implementation of temperature screening by Canberra Airport is one of a number of recommended initiatives by IATA, and a supportive step towards restoring air connectivity and customer confidence in air travel.”