United Airlines Will Require Flight Attendants To Carry Thermometers
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United Airlines Will Require Flight Attendants To Carry Thermometers

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Jun 29, 2020

The next time you fly United Airlines – you may see more than a badge on flight crews’ uniform.

The company just announced that flight attendants are now required to carry personal thermometers to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“The thermometer is part of our self-assessment requirements in our continued efforts to help ensure a safe travel experience for our customers and employees,” a spokesperson for United told Fox News.

Like many other companies,  United employees are required to undergo temperature checks before starting their shifts.  Anything over 100.4 will prohibit both flight attendants and passengers from boarding the flight.

“As we go back to work and as more people go through the airport, we like knowing that our employees are safe and by default, our customers are safer,” a United employee named Laura, who works in airport operations San Francisco International Airport (SFO,) explained in a short video. “Everyone can be assured that we’re doing everything we can to maintain a safe environment.”

In addition to the temperature checks among employees,  United is requiring passengers to fill out health self-assessment questionnaires known as “Ready-to-Fly”  prior to check-in.  United was the first major U.S. airline to announce a health assessment of this kind, which asks customers to confirm that they have not experienced COVID-19 related symptoms in the 14 days prior to flying.

The checklist includes the following:

  • You must wear a face-covering while onboard for the safety of everyone.
  • Have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 21 days. Have not experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 14 days (excludes symptoms from a pre-existing condition)
    • Temperature of 38 C/100.4 F or higher
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Have not been denied boarding by another airline due to a medical screening for a communicable disease in the last 14 days.
  • Have not had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.