The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we travel, but it hasn’t put the brakes on our passion for exploring. Here are some tips on how to handle the new challenges of traveling:
- Know what rules and restrictions apply to both your destination and origin. It may not be possible to travel depending on local circumstances, so check before you book your flight.
- When you pass through airport checkpoints, do not remove your face mask. You will be required to lower it briefly to verify your identity. Those who refuse to wear a face mask may be fined and denied entry.
- Rather than handing a TSA agent your boarding pass, position it straight on the reader yourself. Then, hold it up for inspection.
- TSA is now allowing passengers to take one container of hand sanitizer, up to 12 oz (350 ml) in size, in carry-on bags. This will need to be removed from your bag for screening.
- Empty your personal items from your pockets, like your wallet, phone and small change, and place them in your carry-on rather than the bins. This will minimize handling during the screening process.
- If you’re planning to take food on board, place it in a clear plastic bag and then into a screening bin. This lessens the likelihood that a TSA agent will need to handle your carry-on bag or food container for closer inspection.