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New fever detection system installed at Paine Field

Snohomish County airport also has UV cleaning system

Series: Coronavirus | Story 117

Last updated 5/13/2020 at 4:28pm

Photo courtesy of Propeller Airports

Propeller Airports has installed a new fever detection system in the passenger terminal at Paine Field.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, Propeller Airports has installed a new fever detection system at Paine Field.

Developed by Athena Security, the Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a non-invasive, non-contact technology that alerts airport personnel when a passenger has a fever.

The system is now fully operational. The new temperature checks follow Propeller's introduction last month of a proprietary UV technology used to disinfect the terminal. The technology being deployed at Paine Field is the latest in a line of similar technology that has been used for years in Asia and other parts of the world.

Prior to entering the TSA checkpoint, all passengers will be screened by a thermal camera that reads their body temperature. Passengers flagged as having a temperature will be offered secondary screening and if a fever is confirmed, the passenger and the airline will determine their ability to travel.

"During this difficult time, the addition of Athena's Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a vital step to ensure the health and safety of our passengers, airline partners and staff," said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, which designed, built and financed the terminal through a public-private partnership with Snohomish County. "Since opening, we have been committed to staying on the forefront of trends and innovations to provide the best possible experience to our passengers, and we're proud to be the first U.S. passenger terminal to roll out this type of technology. The use of this system will allow us to maintain the seamless, safe and modern travel experience our customers have come to expect."

"Propeller Airports is clearly leading the push to innovate and create the future of travel, making it safer and more efficient for travelers to get where they need to be and Athena Security is proud to help," said Lisa Falzone, CEO of Athena Security. "As global air travel has come to a halt, the ability to pre-screen for COVID-19 fevers is proving to be a life-saving option to funnel infected travelers away from large groups now and in the future as other pandemics and flu-seasons arise."

More information about Athena's Elevated Body Temperature Detection System can be found at:


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