How airports guarantee public safety during sporting events

During tournaments and matches of all kinds, countries which host events or teams can often expect a big rise in people traveling to attend those events. This means it’s important for any quality airport to handle this rise, and make sure everyone, sports enthusiast or not, can enjoy their time.

This begins in the airport, where the building’s very design can determine if a sports fan’s trip abroad is off to a good start. There are ways that you can help with this, such as by modifying the airport’s layout – allowing you to safely handle a sharp increase in passengers.

1. Strong Aeronautical Information Systems (AIS)

Passenger numbers spike incredibly during major sporting events, and this might mean high congestion across the terminals and overall building. To account for this, airports are able to know in advance when to expect an influx of passengers – and Aeronautical Information Systems are a core part of this. With good communication, airports can prepare and accommodate high numbers of passengers, ensuring a swift arrival where everybody gets where they need to be, and the correct number of terminals are open.

2. Passenger tracking and people counting

One way of handling airport congestion during sporting events is to make use of passenger tracking and people counting systems. These accurate sensors help staff monitor foot traffic in real time and take steps that reduce delays. This also gives staff and security a way of keeping watch for suspicious activities; meaning if they notice anything is amiss, they can quickly investigate the issue and potentially deal with any trouble-makers. As sports events are quite social, the risk of intoxicated passengers is ever-present.

3. Queue management

Along similar lines, it’s easy for queues to emerge when there’s a high number of passengers. Airports may use queue management systems to deal with this, as congested queues could lead to overcrowding – or rowdiness from some passengers. The best way to ensure a safe environment when queuing is to make sure everybody is happy, such as by ensuring they don’t have to wait for long. Queue management involves actively changing the queue layout in response to high traffic, opening new routes and terminals where appropriate.

4. Human body temperature scanners

Many countries across the world work to reduce the international spread of coronavirus by restricting entry to the country. This can include requesting a negative test from within the past few days, or it might even involve checking the passenger’s temperature. Human body temperature scanners can detect if somebody has a fever, whereupon airport staff can ask them to do a new COVID-19 test. A passenger may test negative at first, only for the virus to develop by the time they reach the country.

At Bayanat Engineering Qatar, there are many ways we can help you safely monitor the increase of people during sporting events. Much of this involves controlling the flow of people by managing queues and keeping track of passengers throughout the airport, but working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is another aspect of this.