As the Memorial Day holiday quickly approaches, the Transportation Security Administration is reworking how it screens passengers given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that will reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint.
The TSA has already begun implementing these changes, with more airport checkpoints to follow. TSA hopes to have the new process in airports nationwide by mid-June.
“In the interest of TSA frontline workers and traveler health, TSA is committed to making prudent changes to our screening processes to limit physical contact and increase physical distance as much as possible,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We continue to evaluate our security measures with an eye towards making smart, timely decisions benefiting health and safety, as well as the traveler experience.”
Lelia Curotto was at Orlando International Airport on Thursday to fly to New York. She said she appreciates the changes and she’s hoping they will help keep travelers safe.
“I think everybody should be wearing the mask all the time, including the flight time," she said.
Doug Siegel, who was traveling to Colorado, said he agrees that the precautions are needed right now.