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12 federal security directors shared their advice to travel safely during the pandemic to the prestigious travel magazine Travel + Leisure (REUTERS)

In mid-October, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it screened more than 1 million passengers in a single day. Is about the largest number of travelers passing through airports since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. While it is wonderful to see so many people traveling again, TSA officials also want people to stay healthy and safe during their trip.

To help future travelers, 12 federal security directors shared their tips for traveling safely during the pandemic to the prestigious travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

Tip 1: wash your hands

“Wash your hands often and bring your hand sanitizer and wipes. Currently, the TSA allows a container of liquid hand sanitizer, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in hand luggage until new notice. Since these containers exceed the standard 3.4 ounce allowance normally allowed through a checkpoint, they will need to be checked separately. This will add some time to the checkpoint detection experience. Note that all other liquids, gels and sprays that are brought to a checkpoint are still limited to 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in a small bag. Bring your wipes with you too. Travelers can bring individually packaged alcohol or antibacterial wipes in carry-on or checked luggage. Giant containers of wet wipes are also allowed in carry-on or checked luggage. " – John Bambury, Federal Security Director, John F. Kennedy International Airport

Tip 2: wear a mask

“TSA officers wear masks and We ask travelers to also use one to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Travelers are allowed and encouraged to wear masks during the security screening process, however, A TSA officer may ask the traveler to adjust the mask to visually confirm their identity during the travel document verification process or if their mask triggers an alarm during the screening process. If a traveler not wearing a mask triggers an alarm at a checkpoint and requires a pat-down to resolve the alarm, the TSA will offer that traveler a mask. According to the CDC, masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is why TSA officers wear masks and why so many airports require the use of masks at their terminals. "Andrea R. Mishoe, Federal Security Director, Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport

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"Wherever possible, procedures have been implemented to increase social distancing and reduce direct contact between TSA officers and the traveling public. Passengers can do their part by remembering to practice social distancing throughout their experience of traveling. security: in the queue, during the inspection process, while collecting their items from the containers and after going through the checkpoint "(REUTERS)

Tip 3: practice social distancing

“Maintain adequate social distancing. Wherever possible, procedures have been implemented to increase social distancing and reduce direct contact between TSA officers and the traveling public. Passengers can do their part by remembering to practice social distancing throughout their safety experience: in the queue, during the inspection process, while collecting their items from the containers and after going through the checkpoint. The TSA and airports have placed signs and stickers on the floor to help remind travelers of the importance of doing so. " Gerardo Spero, Director of Federal Security, Philadelphia International Airport

Tip 4: take items out of pockets

"As is common practice, Travelers should remove items from their pockets before going through a checkpoint scanner. During the pandemic, it is a good idea to place items from your pockets in your carry-on bag rather than in a container. This reduces the points of contact, an important precaution to be taken during the pandemic. Scott T. Johnson, Federal Security Director for Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports

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Currently, the TSA allows one container of liquid hand sanitizer, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on luggage until further notice (REUTERS)

Tip 5: put food in clear plastic bags

“If you plan to travel with food, It is good practice to pack your food in a clear plastic bag and place that clear plastic bag in your carry-on bag. When you get to the checkpoint, remove the clear bag containing your food and place it in the container to reduce the possibility of cross contamination. Why remove food? Because food often triggers an alarm, instead of a TSA officer having to open a tote bag to verify what triggered the alarm, removing food reduces the likelihood that a tote bag will need to be searched. John C. Allen, Federal Security Director for all West Virginia Airports

Tip 6: expired license is valid

“If you want to use your driver's license as your government-issued identification at an airport checkpoint and if your license has expired, don't panic. If your driver's license or state-issued ID has expired and you can't renew it at your state's driver's license agency, you can still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. The United States Transportation Security Administration will accept expired driver's licenses or state-issued identification one year after the expiration date, although some additional identification may be required along with an additional exam. When your license is renewed, consider obtaining a driver's license that meets REAL ID requirements. The new deadline for the REAL ID application is October 1, 2021 ”. – John Bright, federal director of security for all Iowa airports

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"One of the most important things passengers can do to reduce contact at a checkpoint is to pack smartly" (REUTERS)

Tip 7: pack smart

"One of the most important things passengers can do To reduce contact at a checkpoint is to pack smart. It is important to remember that prohibited items are still, well, prohibited. Travelers They must know what is in their carry-on baggage and make sure there are no prohibited items inside before reaching the checkpoint. If not, and your carry-on bag triggers an alarm, Passengers can be instructed to leave the checkpoint, remove the prohibited item, and return to the start of the checkpoint to rerun their bag through the X-ray machine ”.Chuck Burke, Director of Federal Security for Richmond International Airport and all Virginia airports south of Richmond

Tip 8: enroll in TSA PreCheck

"Enroll in TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck members continue to be eligible for accelerated screening procedures, which means they don't have to take off their shoes, belts, or light jackets. They can also leave their laptops, other electronic devices, 3-1-1 bags, or food in their carry-on bags, which reduce contact points along the way. During the pandemic, now more than ever, the investment in TSA PreCheck pays off. " – Thomas Carter, federal security director for all New Jersey airports

Tip 9: prepare before you arrive

“The TSA also has a page special about him coronavirus on your website which is useful to review before heading to the airport. While online, download the free myTSA app on your cell phone. Provides 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information on any mobile device. Do what it can save you time and money with helpful safety tips, including a searchable database of items that can and cannot go in checked or carry-on luggage. Karen Keys-Turner, director of federal security for all Pennsylvania airports west of Philadelphia

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"We seek to reduce contact points along the way, so now we invite passengers to scan their own boarding pass, paper or electronic, and then show it to the TSA officer" (REUTERS)

Tip 10: everything is cleaner

“The TSA has issued guidance for front-line employees to perform routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the TSA checkpoint. Many airport authorities are also conducting additional cleaning of security checkpoints and containers. Passengers who are hesitant to put their items in a container due to concerns about cross contamination may consider bringing a plastic kitchen garbage bag to place in the bottom of the container to use as a liner before disposing of their belongings on top. "Michael Fowler, director federal security for all Nebraska airports

Tip 11: scan the boarding pass

"We seek reduce contact points along the way, so now we invite passengers to scan your own boarding pass, paper or electronic, and then show it to the TSA officer for you to visually inspect. Doing so reduces a point of contact ”. – Robert Duffy, LaGuardia Airport Federal Security Director

Tip 12: follow the experts' recommendations

“Travelers are reminded to follow the travel guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)as well as state and local warnings about COVID-19. This is quite simple. If you recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, you are not feeling well, have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have a fever, postpone your trip and rebook your flight for another time when you're feeling healthy. Many airlines have eliminated booking change fees, making it much more convenient to make sure you can travel when you are healthy. When you feel better, we will be happy to see you. We want him to stay healthy and safe. " – Bart R. Johnson, Federal Security Director for all Upstate New York Airports

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