The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reportedly working on a plan to check passenger temperatures at 12 airports around the country. It looks as though measures may begin as early as this week. However, no official word regarding a start date has been given by the TSA yet. It has not even been confirmed by health officials that such a plan will go into effect.
We don't know which airports the TSA is officially eyeing for temperature screenings. However, it's likely that the nation's biggest hubs are being considered. That means that passengers flying out of hubs like John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) will probably be among the first to be screened.
It is anticipated that the TSA will use a mix of handheld scanners and tripods when screening passengers for temperatures. Any passenger with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher would be flagged. Anyone with a temperature registering above the acceptable mark would be prevented from boarding a flight. However, the TSA may face challenges from privacy groups with concerns that this measure is above the agency's scope.
Many individual airlines are endorsing temperature checks as a way to keep passengers safe while flying. Some airlines are even taking matters into their own hands. Frontier Airlines has already alerted passengers to the fact that it will begin conducting temperature screenings for all passengers and airline employees prior to boarding on June 1. Any person with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be permitted on a Frontier aircraft.