Hawaii lawmakers earmark $36M for airport health screening

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Hawaii legislators approved $36 million for a public health screening system at state airports as part of a series of allotments from the state's federal Cares Act benefits, in hearings held May 15.

The funds will go to a thermal screening system at Hawaii airports that lawmakers said they hope will lead the nation and could be up and running in a few months.

Rather than a centralized scanning area for arriving passengers, the Hawaii House subcommittee greenlighted a plan that would use thermal scans at gates. The idea is that by distributing the devices more widely, it would reduce the risk of infected passengers spreading the new coronavirus.

The decision comes as the state is moving into phase two of its reopening plan, which includes reopening businesses such as hair salons and restaurants.

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