The federal health official emphasized to CNN the plan was not yet final.
The TSA would not confirm it was planning on enacting such a program.
“At this time, no decision has been made regarding specific health screening measures at airports,” the agency said in a statement Friday.
The agency went on to say it continues to rely on the health expertise of the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Ongoing discussions with our (Department of Homeland Security) and interagency colleagues, as well as our airport and airline partners, will enable the agency to make informed decisions with regard to the health and safety of the aviation environment. The safety and security of the traveling public and our employees will always be our top priority,” the agency said.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was not supportive of temperature checking.
“I cannot find any law that gives TSA the authority to perform temperature checks as reported. The health and safety of our Transportation Security Officers have already been put at great risk the past few months. The Administration should not put these frontline workers in further danger in order to provide passengers a potential false sense of safety,” the Mississippi Democrat said.
However, there’s been debate over the usefulness of airport temperature checks.
TSA has already taken the precautionary measure of requiring its employees to wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints.
CNN’s Pete Muntean and Greg Wallace contributed to this report.