If it’s your first time traveling during COVID-19, you’ll notice plenty of new restrictions and standards in place. Take note of these tips and make your escape to Panama go off without a hitch:
- Research if any travel restrictions apply to your origin and destination before booking anything. Also check if there are any conditions you’ll need to follow on arrival, such as undergoing health assessments.
- You’re required to wear a face mask at the airport, including at security checkpoints. Be ready to lower your mask for ID purposes when asked by a TSA officer.
- To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, position your boarding pass on the scanner yourself and then hold it up for inspection. Do not hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA officer.
- One container of liquid hand sanitizer is now allowed in your carry-on luggage. It must be no larger than 12 oz (350 ml), and you’ll need to take it out of your bag for X-ray screening.
- Empty your personal items from your pockets, like your wallet, phone and small change, and place them in your carry-on rather than into bins. This will minimize handling during the screening process.
- Transport all food items in a clear plastic bag and also place them in a screening bin. Separating food from your carry-on means it’s less likely a TSA officer will need to open and touch your bag for inspection.