Major airports in Canada officially begin mandatory temperature screenings today (July 30th) as part of the Canadian government’s plan to halt the spread of COVID-19.
The protocol, which has already been practiced by some airlines in terminals already, will be followed at 15 Canadian airports, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto-Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) stated.
By the end of September, Transport Canada says it will expand the measure to 11 other airports, such as St. John’s, Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto-Billy Bishop; Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, and Victoria.
Employees entering the airports will also be required to have their temperature screened, the agency said.
How does it work?
The new measures are intended to provide an additional layer of security on top of the current requirement of wearing face masks.
Travellers will have their temperature checked either by a scanning camera on a stand or by a contactless thermometer.
Passengers with temperatures below 38C will be able to proceed to the checkpoint
Those with temperatures at or above 38C on the first screening will be asked to wait 10 minutes in a nearby waiting area (unless they can present a medical certificate stating that their high temperature is not due to COVID-19).
If a second screening shows a temperature above the threshold, or if the passenger simply refuses a second reading, they will not be allowed to continue onwards.
Travellers won’t be granted a third chance for a screening if their temperature goes above the threshold twice in a row.
Passengers that don’t pass the temperature screening will not be allowed to enter any restricted area at any airport in Canada for a period of 14 days.