Engineers at Rome’s Fiumicino airport are testing a new ‘smart helmet’ which allows passengers’ temperatures to be scanned while they’re moving.
It’s part of a series of safety measures to protect people from Covid-19 when flights become more frequent.
The new high-tech ‘smart helmet’ visor has thermo-scan sensors which provide information about the temperature of passengers within a seven metre radius.
Security officers can wear the devices to scan people as they enter the airport or wait in line.
An infrared image of a passenger and their temperature reading appears inside the visor on the right. This allows normal view through the left eye.
Simonluca Tiberia, who’s in charge of testing and deploying smart-helmet technology, said Fiumicino – officially known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport – would be the first airport in Italy and Europe to use it.
Authorities hope the high-tech temperature scans and other health measures will convince people that it’s safe to fly again, once restrictions on travel are lifted.
Fiumicino currently has a small number of flights from Rome to other parts of Italy and to destinations in a number of European countries.
But authorities hope there’ll be a significant increase in flights from next month.
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