Air France will begin checking temperatures of all departing passengers

May 11, 2020

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All departing passengers will be required to have their temperature checked in order to board an Air France flight to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The French carrier announced that beginning Monday, 11 May, it will screen the temperatures of all departing passengers on Air France-operated flights. The checks will be carried out by contactless infrared thermometers.

Passengers must have a body temperature below 38 degrees Celsius. Any passenger who has a higher temperature may be denied boarding and their reservation may be changed to a later date with no extra charges.

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The news of required temperature checks comes less than a week after the carrier announced that it would require all passengers and crew to wear face masks for the duration of their journey.

Air France said that it’s contacting passengers in advance of coming to the airport for their flight.

In addition to requiring passengers and crew to wear face masks, Air France is also implementing other measures to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. It’s installing physical distancing guidelines in the airport, as well as plexiglass protection, daily aircraft cleaning and adapting inflight service.

While Air France won’t block middle seats on flights, on domestic and short-haul flights, it’s suspended meal and beverage services completely. For long-haul flights, cabin service is limited and most meals will be those that are individually wrapped.

In recent days, a number of airports in the U.K. have announced that they’ll implement similar measures. Most notably, London Heathrow announced last week that it would begin scanning the temperatures of passengers going through the immigration concourse in Terminal 2. If the trial is successful, it plans to implement the temperature-scanning measures further.

Related: London Heathrow trialling passenger temperature checks

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said that the temperature scanning, as well as other concepts, were being trialled, which could form the basis of a Common International Standard for health screening at all global airports.

However, no U.K.-based airline has implemented requirements that passengers must wear PPE or have their temperatures checked.

In April, one of the smallest commercial airports in the U.K., Bournemouth Airport (BOH), announced that it was the country’s first to install the fever-detection cameras for screening passengers. At the time, Holland-Kaye had been pushing the government to implement action to screen passengers.

Elsewhere around the country, three U.K. airports — Manchester (MAN), London Stansted (STN) and East Midlands (EMA) — now require passengers to wear gloves and face masks when travelling.

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