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Air travelers will notice some significant changes at the security checkpoints.
As states start to open up, vacationers are taking to the skies once again. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently unveiled several new procedures for passengers at U.S. airports in response to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. Here are some of the changes you can expect when you get ready to board your flight.
1. Wear a mask.
Both TSA agents and passengers are expected to wear face coverings during the screening process. A homemade mask or scarf is sufficient.
2. Hang on to your boarding pass.
When it’s your turn to be screened, you will be directed to scan your boarding pass in front of the TSA agent. You can also use an electronic ticket on your phone; just be sure to have it pulled up when you’re at the front of the line.
3. Use your carry-on.
Instead of putting your jacket, belt, and change in the plastic bins, try to minimize contact with high-touch surfaces and tuck your belongings in your carry-on instead. Keep one side pocket open and empty for easy access.
4. Maintain social distancing.
As hard as it is to give people space while in a crowded line, try to have at least six feet between your party and the person in front of you. Floor stickers and signs should be visible to remind all travelers of this.
5. Take your hand sanitizer.
Limits on liquids have been raised for bottles of commercially-prepared hand sanitizer. You can now have up to 12 ounces per passenger in your carry-on luggage.
Airports around the country have until mid-June to implement these changes but you may already see them in place. For more information about the new guidelines, visit the TSA website.