Transcript for Officers remove non mask-wearing passenger from flight
Back now with more on the conflicts over wearing masks during this pandemic. One caught on camera after an air mine passenger refused to wear a mask and was escorted off a flight. Gio Benitez is at L.A.X. With the story. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, George, good morning. Yeah, that passenger was taken off the plane right here at L.A.X. This as we're getting a firsthand look at new technology meant to keep people safe. This morning, tensions running high on a plane as a passenger refuses to wear a mask. The incident happening aboard a frontier airlines flight from L.A. To Denver. The airline staff had no other option it seemed like and they ended up calling on LAPD to come on to the plane. Reporter: Those officers boarding the plane and removing the passenger. Not everyone wants to wear masks. I'm one of those people but do have to comply if you want to fly, we have to do what we have to do right now. This is insane. We don't even have a choice. Reporter: This after American airlines banned a passenger for violating its mandatory mask policy last week. Major U.S. Airlines say face coverings are mandatory. With passengers now facing the new realities of traveling in the age of covid-19, airports are looking at new ways to keep customers safe. Now starting today another change at Los Angeles international airport. A first in the nation pilot program to check passenger temperatures. So let's show you how it works. If you're a passenger at L.A.X. You'll walk right through here under the watchful eye of a thermal camera. If the system flags you you'll be brought over for a secondary screening to make sure you don't have an elevated temperature. One camera screening passengers walking in. Another rotating 360 degrees scanning the terminal zeroing in on any passenger with a temperature of 100.4 or higher. Will you prevent anyone from flying? No, we will not prevent anyone from flying. But should be noted that some of the international airlines that are operating out of this terminal are also conducting their own temperature check and they would be able to prevent people from flying. Reporter: For now the screening is optional but within two months it could be mandatory. We want to develop this pilot. We want to get the learning from this pilot. We want to develop the framework of how it could work not only at L.A.X. But any other airport in the country and certainly hope that it will drive that standardization. Reporter: So, again, this program starts today here at other airports around the world have been using similar technology but this is the first time we would see it here at a major U.S. Airport. George. Okay, gio Benitez, thanks very much.
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