McKINNEY, TX – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to so many areas of our lives – so it’s no surprise that as travel begins to return, COVID-19 is changing the process of going through the TSA line.
Here are five really important changes to the TSA screening process, now in effect:
- You won’t hand your boarding pass to the TSA officer. Whether your boarding pass is paper or on your phone, you’ll place it on the reader, then show it to the TSA officer.
- All food items in a clear plastic bag, and remove it from your carry-on before screening. This is actually a policy that’s been in force for a while, but in light of COVID-19, the TSA is stepping up its enforcement now. Note: Only TSA-PreCheck travelers are exempt from this.
- Here’s the big one: You know when you forgot to remove liquids over a few ounces from your bag, and you waited for an officer to move your bag to the end of the belt and inspect (and re-scan) its contents? That’s gone! NOW, you’ll be asked to move outside security, to the BACK of the TSA line and START all over again. One good change though – you can now bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer (but it also has to be removed from your bag).
- People tend to do unusual things at airports (like ordering drinks at 9am) but the now-usual practice of social distancing applies at the airport as well. Stay 6 feet from the person in front of you in the TSA line, and throughout the airport concourse.
- Last but not least, everyone in the TSA line will be very happy if you wear face protection like you do in other public settings… and it’s never a good idea to attract extra attention from the TSA when you’re trying to get to your gate.