Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said the UK government must work with the international community to establish a common standard for how to avoid measures, such as quarantine, that will “completely kill the travel sector”.

He noted that there is no commonly, internationally established health screening other than temperature checks.

What the airport is doing now: Heathrow Airport is testing technologies around a large-scale screening system to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission while traveling.

Trials will assess for medical effectiveness, passenger response as well as suitability to the airport environment. Technologies under review will include UV sanitation, facial recognition thermal screening technology and contactless security procedures.

Heathrow Airport will share data from trials with government and industry to jumpstart the creation of a Common International Standard for health screening.

Why this matters: If this technology proves successful, it will give us a glimpse of what the future of travel will look like when the the movement restrictions around the world are lifted.