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Dallas Love Field to use thermal imaging cameras to take temperatures of passengers

The airport will start to use the cameras in August and will position the cameras at various locations before TSA checkpoints.
Credit: Southwest Airlines
An Infrared Cameras, Inc. thermal imaging camera. This is not a camera at Dallas Love Field Airport, but an example of the type of camera ICI will use at the airport as a part of its new thermal imaging pilot program.

Editor's note: The above photo is a type of ICI camera that will be used at Dallas Love Field. This photo was not taken at Dallas Love Field because they have not been set up yet.

Dallas Love Field announced in a news release Wednesday it will partner with Southwest Airlines on a project that will study the use of thermal screening cameras to take the temperatures of all departing passengers.

The airport will start to use the cameras in August and will position the cameras at various locations before Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint lines.

Infrared Cameras, Inc., located in Beaumont, will manufacture the cameras, Southwest Airlines said in an email. Passengers will simply walk in front of the camera as they walk to the TSA checkpoint line to get their temperatures taken.

The thermal scan information will not be linked to specific individuals and will only be used for research purposes during the first phase of the program, according to the news statement.

Dallas Love Field served nearly 17 million passengers in 2019 — an airport record. This year, the airport received $53.8 million as part of the CARES Act stimulus package, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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