The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working hard to protect employees and travelers. Below are some recommendations and new guidelines to help make your experience at a TSA checkpoint as safe and quick as possible.
• Before arriving at a checkpoint, place all personal items such as belts, cell phones, and spare change in your carry-on luggage. This will prevent it from touching a bin during screening.
• You can now wear a mask through a TSA checkpoint but you may be asked to adjust your mask to verify identity. All TSA staff will be wearing masks and gloves. You can always request staff members to change their gloves prior to handling your belongings or engaging in a pat-down.
• You will no longer give the TSA officer your boarding pass or your cell phone for verification. Travelers will scan their own boarding passes.
• You can carry a 12 oz. or smaller bottle of hand sanitizer through security. Keep in mind you are still required to remove this from your bag as well as all other liquids during the screening process.
• If you plan to bring food items, it is recommended that you place it in a clear plastic bag for placement in a bin to prevent any potential contamination during the screening process.
• If your driver’s license expired on or after March 1, 2020, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses up to one year after expiration.
• TSA is not requiring the REAL ID until October 1, 2021.
• Expect TSA lines to appear longer than normal due to social distancing requirements of six (6) feet separating passengers.
• Increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and equipment is being conducted.
For more information on COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines, please visit the Transportation Security Administration website at https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.