Flying For the Holiday? Things Are A Bit Different
If you haven't flown anywhere since the pandemic hit, you may find things a little bit different than last time you flew. Here are just a few things to expect on your travels.
The TSA has changed up a few things to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- At check points, TSA employees will be wearing gloves, eye protection or clear plastic face shields.
- Of course, you'll be required to wear a mask and only allowed to remove it momentarily for identification.
- Lines will seem longer due to social distancing.
- ID's will be checked with no physical contact between you and TSA
- Plexiglass shielding throughout the TSA checkpoint area
- You'll see a lot pf cleaning going on. Especially in areas that are touched often like surfaces in checkpoint area, screening equipment and even bins. TSA officers will change gloves between frisk downs or you can request them to do so.
- You will be allowed to bring a larger amount of hand sanitizer (up to 12 ounces) in your carry-on. you may have to remove it from your carry-on for special screening.
Are you bring food in your carry-on?
- if you are bring food in your carry-on, food items can trigger security alarms. Remove food and put it in your bin for screening by the TSA
- The TSA also recommends you put all carry-on food in clear plastic bags. When in the checkpoint, remove the bag or bags and put them in the bin for inspection.
- know what is allowed. There's a simple rule according to the TSA. "If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or poor it, put it in your checked bag.
Study up and be prepared
- Check out PreCheck. It'll cost you an extra $85 or so but saves you from a lot of the hassle at the checkpoint area. For example, you won't be required to remove your shoes, light jackets, belt, electronics or you travel bag of travel size liquids and gels.
- For information on on your flight, like delays, etc. download the TSA app onto your phone.
- If you are confused about what is and is not allowed, you can send your questions to @AskTSA on Twitter of Facebook messaging.
Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving