U.S. Airlines, Airports Differ on Who Should Conduct Health Screenings
- A bit of a split is emerging between airports and airlines in the U.S. on passenger health screening. Airports Council International argued that temperature checks and other health screens at security checkpoints will create bottlenecks in airports and result in longer lines.
The Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S. suggested this idea is correct. Due to social distancing, lines for security stretched through the terminals in many airports.
But Airlines for America, the industry’s main trade lobby, argued that health screening should become another component of the TSA’s security checks. No federal mandate yet exists to settle this dispute.