“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 the physical distance as much as possible,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
And with that, as travelers return to airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced new rules to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst travelers and their employees. As travelers return to airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced new rules and precautions to reduce the spread of coronavirus or any kind of germs amongst travelers and employees.
Things begin when travelers first enter the TSA area when they have to scan in their own boarding passes at the security checkpoints. No more handing them off to the TSA employees.
Travelers will now be encouraged to check their baggage for prohibited items, like liquids, gels, or aerosols larger than 3.4 ounces when they put them through the X-ray scanners. If they have prohibited items, the passenger will be asked to remove them before putting the bag back on the conveyor belt.
The one good change is the longtime limit on 3.4 ounces rule will no longer apply to hand sanitizer. Passengers are now allowed to carry up to 12 ounces. The hand sanitizer just needs to be removed out of the bags before it passes through the X-ray machine.
When loading your items onto security trays, take care to put personal belongings like your phone, keys, wallet or belt inside your bag and not directly on the tray. This small measure will decrease the possibility of cross-contamination.