As the country begins to reopen and states remove stay-at-home orders, air travel has begun to pick back up again. In order to continue to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has new safety procedures to be prepared for 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.”
You can expect to see a couple of big changes in the TSA line. One is that you will be holding on to your boarding pass to decrease the exchanges between you and the TSA workers. Also, 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. Some expected changes will be 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!
As always, remembering to wash and sanitize your hands and avoid large groups are in your best interest to stay safe while traveling.