In our "What Comes Next" series, Riley Winn takes a look beyond the current status of COVID-19 and the next steps for industry as we move into the next phase of reopening. In this episode, he takes a look at the changes and security measures related to public transportation and flying, and how these industries want to combat the spread of the corona virus.
As more and more places open up again, it does not look the same to switch from point A to point B. At airports, we're already used to screening and security measures, but it's getting a little more intense now. Some TSA agents may have thermal helmets that can be used to search the crowd for people with higher temperatures. Anyone with a high temperature is pulled aside and measured with a different thermometer and may be asked to leave the airport.
Because of these expanded checks, it will likely take longer for the lines to be through. You will definitely look longer to get through as social distancing is implemented in the queues themselves. So you should be sure that you will arrive at the airport earlier than normal.
It will also be different on the aircraft. There are empty spaces during the flight to promote distance and masks are required on board. Airplanes are cleaned with the latest UV-C lights, which can disinfect up to 30 rows per minute. This means that an entire 737 can be cleaned in about five minutes.
Hotels will also be subject to changes. The keys can range from plastic cards to sending them to your phone, so you can just open an app and go straight to your room. TV remote controls are replaced with QR codes that allow you to control the TV from your smartphone, and the food and drink options are contactless. Technology is also used at the pool, where guests can reserve their seats by the pool, so the number of people can be limited.
On our daily commute, public transport will work overtime to ensure driver health and safety and will be cleaned around the clock. UV-C lamps, similar to those used to disinfect aircraft, are implemented to automate cleaning. And of course masks are most likely mandatory for all public transportation.
The technology will help us contain and control the corona virus, but public participation will be an essential part of implementing these new security standards.