TSA Introduces New Airport Screening Health & Safety Protocols

The next time you are at the airport, you will likely find some changes made to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) screening procedures – these modifications have been made to better align with their recent “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure,” campaign messaging and to better protect both the public and TSA staff members.

The following changes are expected (at all national airports):
  • Social distancing (six feet) among travelers in lines and among TSA officers
  • ID verification without physical contact (e.- traveler asked to hold up ID or place directly on screening device)
  • Plastic shielding in various locations
  • Increased cleaning & disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces (bins, screening equipment, etc.)
  • TSA officers to wear (masks/face shields, gloves)
  • TSA officers will wear new pair of gloves for pat-down (at traveler’s request)
  • Travelers can bring up to 12 oz. p/passenger of hand sanitizer in carry-on bags (must be removed for screening)
TSA recommends additional time to allow for screening and further advises:
  • Wash hands before and after screening (travelers)
  • Wear facemask during screening (unless asked to remove it for identification purposes)
  • Remove belts and personal items, placing them in carry-on before security check
  • After screening, move out of screening area to “re-pack” personal items

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The information contained in this document is intended for educational purposes and to provide a general understanding of regulatory events, legislative changes and the law – not to provide specific legal advice.