As states are reopening and air travel has begun to pick back up again, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has new safety procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19 during summer travel.
“In the interest of TSA frontline workers and traveler health, TSA is committed to making prudent changes to our screening processes to limit physical contact and increase physical distance as much as possible,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a press release. “We continue to evaluate our security measures with an eye towards making smart, timely decisions benefiting health and safety, as well as the traveler experience.”
Some changes include holding on to your boarding pass to decrease the exchanges between you and the TSA workers, and all carry-on food items need to be taken out of your carry-on bags and placed in clear plastic bags to be easily checked by the X-ray scanners. Expected changes include the practice of social distancing, and travelers will be encourages to wear facial protection, according to TSA. To view all of TSA’s new safety procedures, click here!
Remembering to wash your hands and avoid large groups will also be beneficial for keeping yourself and others safe while traveling.