How TSA Is Changing Security Screening at the Airport

The Transportation Safety Administration has implemented a number of new procedures.
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Like everything else these days, your next trip through airport security will be different because of COVID-19.

The Transportation Safety Administration has implemented a number of new procedures. Perhaps the most notable one is that carry-on food items must now be stored in a separate, clear, plastic bag before being placed in a bin. The change minimizes the need for agents to handle travelers’ bags since food can often trigger an alarm. You also will be asked to scan your own boarding pass, rather than handing it to an agent.

Other changes include:

  • Six-foot social distancing guidelines in checkpoint lines
  • Face mask requirements (TSA agents will ask travelers to briefly take off their facial coverings for identification purposes)
  • Fewer security checkpoint lanes as a result of low passenger volumes

In a statement announcing the changes, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency will continue to find ways to minimize physical contact between travelers and agents.

“We continue to evaluate our security measures with an eye toward making smart, timely decisions benefiting health and safety, as well as the traveler experience.”

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