The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is revising its security screening process and is implementing all changes at airports nationwide.
What are some of the new changes?
Travelers should expect the following:
- Boarding passes: Travelers are now advised to place their boarding pass on the boarding pass reader themselves as opposed to handing it to a TSA officer. Then, travelers are expected to hold up their pass so an officer can inspect it without needing to touch it.
- Food: Place carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin for X-ray screenings.
- Social distancing: Keep an increased distance between people “without compromising security.” Visual reminders about appropriate spacing are also placed on checkpoint floors.
- Face masks: TSA officers are using face masks, and travelers are strongly advised to do so, too.
- Abide by the rules: Making sure you “pack smart” (no prohibited items in your bag, etc.) helps reduce time in the screening process. If a prohibited item is found, travelers may be directed outside of security to remove the item before being re-screened in order to reduce the number of TSA officers needing to touch the contents of someone’s carry-on.