Engineers are testing out a “smart helmet” at Rome’s Fiumicino airport as part of a strategy to ensure passengers’ safety against Coronavirus transmission once flights resume. Using infrared technology, this high-tech helmet uses its thermo-scan sensors to check passengers’ temperatures within a 23-foot (7-meter) radius.
The “smart helmet” enables airport security to scan anyone within their radius – upon entering the airport or waiting in line, or even when passengers are in motion. The scanner detects when a passenger is “hot” and has a high temperature, which could be an indicator of fever and COVID-19. In this case, that passenger could be removed from the flight.
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While passengers carrying COVID-19 could be asymptomatic, this measure could help put passengers more at ease when the lockdown is lifted. Currently, Rome is running on a dramatically reduced service, but that may increase next month. Rome reportedly plans to be the first airport in Europe to use this technology.