Still Flying? Here’s What To Do Before Screening

Airports have seen massive drops in business as the nation works to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but with some airlines still flying, the Transportation Security Administration has tips for how to travel safely.

  • Wash your hands. This is recommended before and after TSA screening.
  • Bring hand sanitizer. The TSA says it’s allowing one liquid container of no more than 12 ounces in carry-on bags. The sanitizer containers will need to be screened, which will add to the checkpoint screening time. Any other liquids are still subject to the TSA’s 3.4-ounce limit.
  • Bring antibacterial wipes. The TSA allows them in carry-on and checked bags, whether individually packaged or in bigger containers.
  • Wear a mask. They can be worn during screening, but TSA agents may ask them to be adjusted in order to confirm your identity.
  • Recently expired licenses are still accepted. The TSA is accepting expired driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs “a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer,” according to a press release.
  • Put everything in your pockets into your carry-on. Do this before going through security checkpoints to avoid putting them in a bin. That means keys, loose change, your phone, etc.

 For more information, check the TSA website.