McCarran Airport ploughs ahead with renovation plans

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Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport is forging ahead with a major renovation project in its Terminal 1. Planned upgrades include new fixtures that will create additional space for passengers, updated flooring and more amenities in the airport’s C Concourse.

Commenting on how the recent decrease in passenger traffic presented the airport with a unique opportunity to complete a major project with minimal impact on passengers, Clark County’s Director of Aviation, Rosemary Vassiliadis, said:

The enduring allure of Las Vegas leaves no doubt that we will soon be welcoming more visitors back. When they return, we look forward to greeting them with a more spacious and easily navigated C Concourse.

Demonstrating McCarran’s commitment to enhancing the passenger experience, the renovation will also include the installation of additional and more convenient charging stations for passengers’ devices; replacing the existing carpets with new, easier to maintain terrazzo flooring and Gerflor; and maximising the hold rooms by swapping out the current gate podiums with smaller, space-efficient models.

The $13 million project will begin 30 September and is slated for completion in late summer 2021. Throughout the duration of the work, the majority of Southwest flights will operate out of the B Concourse. Staggered gate closures will also allow the C concourse to remain partially operational.

Paine Field Airport implements fever detection system

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Propeller Airports has implemented a fever detection system at Paine Field Airport in Snohomish County, Washington, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Influenza and other illnesses.

Developed by Athena Security, the Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a non-invasive, non-contact technology that alerts airport personnel when a passenger has a fever. Prior to entering the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, all passengers will be screened by a thermal camera and will be offered a second screening if a fever is confirmed. The passenger and the airline will then determine their ability to travel.

The introduction of the fever detection system follows the introduction in March of an innovative and proprietary UV technology used to disinfect and clean high-touch areas throughout the passenger terminal, including check-in desks. This will not only help expedite sterilisation, but it will also help build public trust that airports are safe in a post COVID-19 world.

“During this difficult time, the addition of Athena’s Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a vital step to ensure the health and safety of our passengers, airline partners and staff,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propellor Airports. “Since opening, we have been committed to staying on the forefront of trends and innovations to provide the best possible experience to our passengers, and we’re proud to be the first US passenger terminal to roll out this type of technology. The use of this system will allow us to maintain the seamless, safe and modern travel experience our customers have come to expect,” he continued.

Lisa Falzone, CEO of Athena Security, added that, “As global air travel has come to a halt, the ability to pre-screen for COVID-19 fevers is proving to be a life-saving option to funnel infected travellers away from large groups now and in the future as other pandemics and flu-seasons arise.”