Frontier Airlines to Implement Temperature Screenings for Passengers
Most airlines have mandated face masks and are offering social distancing options onboard as air travel starts to pick up. Frontier Airlines was one of the carriers that made news for charging between $39 and $89 for seats that guarantee some social distancing. Now the airline has announced that from June 1, it will require all passengers and employees to have their temperatures checked before boarding flights.
Passengers will be screened via touchless thermometers prior to boarding. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied boarding. If a customer’s temperature reading is 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be given time to rest, if the flight departure time allows, before receiving a second check. If the second check is 100.4 degrees or higher, a Frontier gate agent will explain to the customer that they will not be flying that day for the health and safety of others.
“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone onboard,” said Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle. “This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their well-being is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”
Frontier said it will work with passengers that are turned away because of temperature readings. They will be rebooked to travel on a later date or will work with them to find different accommodations.
Additionally, all Frontier airport team members will be held to the same standard and not be allowed to work if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher at the start of their shift. Frontier will not maintain a record of the temperatures of passengers or team members.