TSA announced that its employees must wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints. The decision to require TSA officers to wear facial protection will be implemented over the coming days. It is an additional measure to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and help raise the overall health and safety levels inside the airport environment. Wearing protective eye wear remains voluntary by TSA personnel who are serving in an active screening position.
“TSA is making this change to protect our employees and travelers as social distancing cannot always be maintained in the screening process,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
Passengers are encouraged to wear facial protection and individuals may be asked to momentarily lower their facial covering for identity verification purposes or if the facial covering sets off the screening equipment alarms.
TSA is considering more changes to its screening system to further minimize the risk and to limit physical interactions in the security checkpoint. For more information about the TSA response to COVID-19 and other adjustments TSA has made at security screening checkpoints, please visit tsa.gov/coronavirus.
Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn