STATE-Owned Airport Operator, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, installed six thermal scanners to check the body temperature of passengers as a precautionary measure against transmission of monkeypox.

“We are collaborating with the Denpasar Class I Port Health Office (KKP) to place six thermal scanner units at several points at the airport,” General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, stated in Badung District, Bali, Wednesday.

He remarked that with the device, all passengers entering the airport area will have their temperatures scanned automatically. The six thermal scanners are placed at every entry point to the airport terminal, both domestic and international.

“Two units are placed at the entrance of international departures, two units at the international arrival area, and two units of thermal scanners at the entrance of domestic departures,” Heryudhitiawan explained.

After the Health Ministry announced the finding of the first monkeypox case in Indonesia in August 2022, his side tightened supervision at the airport to prevent the transmission of monkeypox disease in Bali.

The airport also continues to coordinate regularly with relevant stakeholders to prevent the transmission of monkeypox.

“We always synergize with the Denpasar Class I KKP to tackle the transmission of monkeypox in Bali. The airport officers are required to always wear masks while on duty and minimize direct contact with passengers to prevent transmission of the virus,” he stated.

Regarding passenger traffic at Bali Airport, he noted that there was no decrease in passenger numbers since the announcement of the monkeypox case in Indonesia.

“Until August 22, 2022, Bali Airport had served 913,988 passengers in total, with an average of 41,545 passengers per day. When compared to July, there were around 42,460 passengers per day. The traffic decreased in August since we were entering a low season period,” he concluded. [antaranews]