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Enhancing inspection capacity to protect first-line personnel Taoyuan Airport initiates use of container inspection stations

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Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) has set up outdoor container sampling and inspection equipment in order to increase the country’s epidemic detection capacity and protect staff.

Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) has set up outdoor container sampling and inspection equipment in order to increase the country’s epidemic detection capacity and protect staff.

The passenger inspection area and the staff area are independent of each other, preventing possible contact to ensure safety.

The passenger inspection area and the staff area are independent of each other, preventing possible contact to ensure safety.

Lin Hsiang-sheng (middle), President & CEO of TIAC, inspected the internal planning of the inspection container.

Lin Hsiang-sheng (middle), President & CEO of TIAC, inspected the internal planning of the inspection container.

CDC staff demonstrated how inspections are performed and explained the advantages of using the inspection station for screening.

CDC staff demonstrated how inspections are performed and explained the advantages of using the inspection station for screening.

Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) has set up outdoor container sampling and inspection equipment in order to increase the country’s epidemic detection capacity and protect staff.
The passenger inspection area and the staff area are independent of each other, preventing possible contact to ensure safety.
Lin Hsiang-sheng (middle), President & CEO of TIAC, inspected the internal planning of the inspection container.
CDC staff demonstrated how inspections are performed and explained the advantages of using the inspection station for screening.

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic across the globe, Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) has been cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in implementing strict border control since the beginning of this year. As of July 15, the Central Epidemic Command Center has reported 360 cases of confirmed imported cases, of which 120 (1/3) were successfully intercepted by the temporary inspection station at Taoyuan Airport. In order to improve inspection capacity at the airport and provide front-line staff with better protection, TIAC upgraded the outdoor temporary inspection station to container inspection stations with more comprehensive facilities after observing Tainan Hospital’s successful practices. Staff can now work with better efficiency and safety in the continuous monitoring of public health, while citizens of the country can begin a new life of enhanced epidemic prevention to safeguard our community.

Two new 40-foot container inspection stations are installed at the curbs of Terminals 1 and 2 of the airport, and will become operational today (16th). Specially tailored for the needs of epidemic prevention and inspection tasks, the interiors are designed so that passengers undergoing inspection are completely isolated from staff. The separate spaces feature independent air-conditioning systems, preventing inspection personnel from coming into contact with passengers and avoiding the risk of infection. The passenger inspection area is divided into 5 inspection rooms; if necessary, multiple inspection rooms can be used at the same time. Inspection personnel do not need to wear protective clothing and isolation gowns, goggles, face masks and other equipment as the acrylic partition offers airtight isolation, effectively preventing virus penetration. Staff only need to place their hands into inspection openings fitted with gloves and use the work gloves to perform screening with improved efficiency and greater safety.

On the other hand, passengers under inspection are also well-protected as the air in each inspection room in the inspection area can be directly exhausted through independent HEPA air conditioning. After each inspection procedure is completed, the inspection room will be sanitized with alcohol by the staff and sterilized using ultraviolet radiation. All specimens will be temporarily stored in an independent specimen storage room after collection to avoid the risk of infection.

Before TIAC set up new container inspection stations, the temporary inspection station at the airport was placed in the outdoor corridor due to epidemic prevention requirements. The station consisted only of a wooden compartment with no roof to maintain ventilation due to infection control considerations, and was therefore susceptible to changes in weather conditions and temperatures. Staff must also wear a full set of personal protective equipment during inspections, and only one person could be inspected at a time. After upgrading the facilities into container inspection stations, inspection capacity is now greatly increased, and the front-line staff is provided with better safety protection so they can continue to exercise strict epidemic prevention at the border.

Media contact:

Li Jun-de, Business Department

Telephone: +886-3-273-5301

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