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Canberra Airport introduces thermal imaging cameras

written by Adam Thorn | May 5, 2020

Canberra Airport is the country’s first to introduce thermal imaging cameras at security (Canberra Airport)

Passengers travelling through Canberra Airport security will now have their temperature checked by a thermal imaging camera.

The airport claims it’s the first in Australia to perform the test, and comes after major terminals around the world have ramped up coronavirus biosecurity.

Michael Thomson, Canberra’s head of aviation, said, “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.”

In a bid to help stop the spread of coronavirus, those with a body temperature more than 37.8 degrees will be checked over by a nurse, who will provide the passenger with a face mask.

If that person continues to display the symptom, the airline will be informed so a decision can be made.


“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,” said Thomson.

Last week, Australian Aviation reported how Peter Dutton was planning to introduce similar measures across the country nationwide.

“We are looking at what the border system will look like in six or 12 months’ time,” he said. “There will be an additional overlay of biosecurity at our airports for years to come. That would be a natural response.

“We don’t know what will happen next flu season. We don’t know whether there will be another pandemic in 12 months or 12 years’ time.

“We need to look at the technology we have got available and look at assessing that threat as the human threat crosses our borders.”

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