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All Frontier Passengers Will Receive a Temperature Check Before Boarding Their Flight

All Frontier Passengers Will Receive a Temperature Check Before Boarding Their Flight
Taylor Rains

After receiving criticism over its $39 “more room” promotion, Frontier Airlines has now switched gears to try to appease the general public. Beginning June 1st, all Frontier passengers will receive a temperature check before boarding their flight.

New Temperature Checks

Frontier is the first in the United States, and the second in North America behind Air Canada, to implement this type of COVID-19 safety precaution. CEO Barry Biffle commented on the decision in a statement,

“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone on board. 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 wellbeing is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”

The temperature check is not the only safety measure Frontier is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The company is also requiring passengers to fill out a health acknowledgment form before check-in stating they, nor anyone in their household, have shown symptoms of the coronavirus in the past 14 days. Furthermore, passengers agree that they will not go to the airport if they have a fever, but if they do decide to fly, they will adhere to the carrier’s new face-mask requirement, which goes into effect May 8th.

How Will the Tests Work?

To maintain contactless checks, a touchless thermometer will be used on passengers prior to boarding. If the temperature reads more than 100.4℉, then the passenger has the option to let the thermometer reset, and try again if time permits. If the second reading also exceeds 100.4℉, then that passenger will be denied boarding. Frontier said that passengers who do not pass the temperature check would be accommodated on a flight on a later date or “otherwise accommodate the traveler’s preferences with respect to their reservation.”

What do you think about Frontier’s new policy? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Comments

  1. Tino

    May 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    When I fly non-rev and check a bag, it usually gets a special label in the event that I do not board the flight. That bag is set aside or placed somewhere where it can be easily removed if need be. How in the world are any flights going to take off on time if they are randomly pulling checked luggage off of flights? I know it happens when passengers get bumped, but this is going to be a very frequent occurrence.

  2. PDXLexus

    May 8, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I afraid that this is overly board. There are other things that can cause a high fever that aren’t caused by contiguous disease.

    rheumatoid arthritis
    some medications
    overexposing the skin to sunlight, or sunburn
    heatstroke, either due to high ambient temperatures or prolonged strenuous exercise
    dehydration
    silicosis, which is a type of lung disease caused by long-term exposure to silica dust
    amphetamine abuse
    alcohol withdrawal

  3. catocony

    May 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Seeing as the thermal checks have a variance of plus/minus 2-5 degrees, this is not going to end well for Frontier. They’re effectively useless as a medical diagnostic since they’re at best 50% accurate.

  4. pdsales

    May 10, 2020 at 6:52 am

    United has announced the same policy. Except that, in the spirit of the way they treat their passengers, it will be a rectal thermometer.

  5. WebTraveler

    May 10, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Needs to happen long before the flight…this person has already walked around the airport and infected how many others already?

  6. Oxnardjan

    May 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Never underestimate the intelligence of a passenger… 2 Tylenol, 1 hour before going to the airport. No fever. Seriously, if people are locked into the airfare or cruise after spending a lot of money, they are going to figure out a way to cheat the system. Tylenol or Advil will be the solution. Still contagious but no fever. This isn’t right, but have seen all kinds of sick people on cruises, that is how we all get sick. The only goal for Frontier is to be able to say “Nobody boarded with a fever, we aren’t liable.”

  7. flyerCO

    May 14, 2020 at 5:48 am

    @Oxnardjan – taking tylenol doesn’t cause a fever to go away. It can help the body break the fever, but only if well enough. In other words while it can help, you still need to be on the way to getting over illness for it to remove fever.

    @Tino – bag matching hasn’t been a thing on domestic US flights in over a decade. A bumped passenger normally doesn’t have bags removed from a flight. This changed once 100% bag checks were required. Only international flights still have bag matching due to international regulations.

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