As the Transportation Security Administration is reportedly looking to start checking temperatures at airports to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the AFGE TSA Council 100 is voicing concerns over the measure’s effectiveness due to the possibility of asymptomatic transmission and safety of TSA officers conducting the screenings.
The council said TSOs have stepped up to ensure the safety of airline travelers for nearly two decades and will continue to do so. If it is decided that additional screening measures are to be imposed, the employees will do their jobs.
“But we do not believe temperature checks alone are sufficient and should only be implemented as a part of a comprehensive, science-driven plan to ensure that passengers do not continue through the checkpoint if they are contagious,” the council said.
The council added that temperature screenings should happen only if the following conditions are met and important questions answered:
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