The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way we travel, but it hasn’t deterred our eagerness for exploring. Here are some tips on how to cope with the new challenges of traveling:
- Before you book a flight, find out if any travel bans or restrictions apply — in both your destination and origin. Get up-to-date information by checking government and airport websites.
- When you go through airport screening, keep your face mask on. You will be required to briefly lower it for ID purposes. Those who refuse to wear a face mask may face civil penalties and may also be escorted from the terminal.
- You’re no longer required to hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA employee. Rather, you should position the pass on the scanner and then hold it up for the agent to visually inspect it.
- You’re allowed to take one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 oz (350 ml) in your carry-on baggage. You’ll need to remove it for X-ray screening.
- To reduce handling during screening, put items such as your phone, keys and wallet into your carry-on instead of into the bins.
- If you’re planning to take food through the security checkpoint, put it in a clear plastic bag and then into a scanning bin. This lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to handle your food container or carry-on bag for closer inspection.