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Etihad Airways to test innovative technology to help identify medically at-risk travelers. Etihad and Emirates will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to use self service devices at airports to help identify medical conditions, including early stages of COVID-19 by monitoring temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate of any person using an airport touch-point such as a check-in, information kiosk, a bag drop facility, a security point or immigration gate.
The system will automatically suspend the self-service check-in or bag drop process if a passenger’s vital signs indicate potential symptoms of illness. It will then start a teleconference or alert qualified staff on site for further assessment.
Etihad will start the technology trial at their Abu Dhabi airport hub at the end of April thru May 2020.
Jorg Oppermann, Vice President Hub and Midfield Operations, Etihad Airways, said: “This technology is not designed or intended to diagnose medical conditions. It is an early warning indicator which will help to identify people with general symptoms, so that they can be further assessed by medical experts, potentially preventing the spread of some conditions to others preparing to board flights to multiple destinations”
“It has long been the case that aircraft, with their highly sophisticated air-recycling systems and standards of hygiene are not the transmission vehicle for illnesses. We are testing this technology because we believe it will not only help in the current COVID-19 outbreak, but also into the future, with assessing a passenger’s suitability to travel and thus minimizing disruptions. At Etihad we see this is another step towards ensuring that future viral outbreaks do not have the same devastating effect on the global aviation industry as is currently the case.”
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