COVID-19: Heathrow Airport Launches Thermal Screening Trials
Starting from Thursday, 21 May, thermal screening technology is being trialled in Heathrow Airport Terminal 2’s immigration hall to detect elevated temperatures of arriving passengers.
Learning from these trials will be shared with the UK Government, to aid the rapid creation of a Common International Standard for health screening, needed to unlock global trade and travel.
The technology under trial uses camera detection systems capable of monitoring the temperatures of multiple people moving through the airport.
Passengers will be alerted to the trials through signage placed at the immigration hall, but will otherwise see no visible change to their arrivals journey as no other screening methods will be needed.
If successful, the equipment may be rolled out across the airport into departures, connections and colleague search areas to further stress test its capabilities.
No personal data will be stored or shared through these trials.