Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is to partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial a new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travelers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.
Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, in a press release said that it will be the first airline to trial the technology, which can monitor the temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate of any person using an airport touchpoint such as a check-in or information kiosk, a bag drop facility, a security point or immigration gate.
Elenium Automation said the the automatic detection of illness symptoms at an aviation self-service touchpoint, and touchless self-service technology to ensure health screenings can become standard across airports, without putting staff in harm with manual processes.
Aaron Hornlimann, CEO and Co-Founder of Elenium Automation, said: “The system would screen every individual, including multiple people on the same booking. The technology can also be retrofitted into any airport kiosk or bag drop or installed as a desktop system at a passenger processing point such as an immigration desk. We believe the introduction of touchless self-service and automated health screening will encourage passengers to return to travel sooner.”