Travelling by airline soon? Due to the COVID-19, the following procedure changes to the security screening, issued in mid-June, reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint.
Keep possession of your boarding passes. Travelers will now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves. Then hold their boarding pass toward the TSA officer to allow the officer to visually inspect it.
Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process; separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection. This reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a person’s container of food and reduces potential for cross-contamination. TSA Pre-check members do not need to remove items from their bags.
Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that their items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols do not exceed 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). As protection against COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Passengers are required to remove the hand sanitizer from the carry-on bag for X-ray screening.
Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security.
Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Please note, however, passengers may need to adjust it during the screening process.
Placement of Items required to be removed for your person. Travelers are also encouraged to remove items such as belts, and items from their pockets, such as wallets, keys and phones, and put them directly into their carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.
Many airlines and airports are also providing specific COVID-19 related guidance to travelers; please check with your airline prior to your trip.
For more information: https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/05/21/tsa-prepared-summer-travelers-updated-security-procedures