TSA offers tips for flying during pandemic

TSA offers tips for flying during pandemic

As the number of travelers choosing to fly has plunged, individuals continue to use air travel as a means to get from point A to point B. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration has issued a number of tips for travelers who must fly:

• Bring hand sanitizer with you — TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces, per passenger in carry-on bags. Since the containers exceed the standard 3.4-ounce allowance, they will need to be screened separately and will add some time to the checkpoint screening experience. All other liquids must adhere to the typical allowance.
• Bring alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes with you — TSA said travelers are allowed to bring individually-packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on or checked bags. Jumbo containers of hand wipes also are allowed in carry-on and checked luggage.
• Wear a mask – Travelers are allowed to wear masks during the security screening processing, but a TSA officer may ask the traveler to adjust the mask to visually confirm their identity during the document checking process.
• Don’t panic if your license expired on or after March 1 — If you were unable to renew your driver’s license or other state-issued identification after March 1, you are allowed to use it as acceptable identification at the security checkpoint. TSA will accept expired IDs a year after expiration or for 60 days during the pandemic. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has announced an extension of time to obtain the REAL ID-compliant driver’s license until Oct. 1, 2021.
• Place items you would typically carry in your pockets in your carry-on bag — Before going through the TSA checkpoint, place items from your pockets into your carry-on to avoid putting them in the bins.
• Continue to wash your hands — TSA recommends washing your hands before and after going through the security checkpoint.

Experts say passenger traffic likely will decline by nearly 40 percent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with revenue expected to contract by $77 billion in 2020.

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