COVID-19 has changed how we travel, but it hasn’t deterred our zeal for exploring. Here are a few tips on how to handle the new challenges of traveling:
- Know the rules and restrictions in both your destination and origin. It may not be possible to travel depending on local circumstances, so check before you lock in your flight.
- You must wear a face mask throughout your travel experience, including at security checkpoints. Be ready to adjust your mask to verify your identity when asked by a TSA officer.
- Avoid handing your boarding pass (paper or electronic) directly to a TSA officer. Instead, position your pass on the reader and then hold it up for the agent to visually inspect it.
- You can take one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 oz (350 ml) in your hand luggage. You’ll need to remove it for X-ray scanning.
- Remove items from your pocket, such as your wallet, phone and small change, and put them in your carry-on rather than into bins. This will minimize handling during the screening process.
- If you’re taking food on the plane, put it in a clear plastic bag and then into a scanning bin. This lessens the likelihood that a TSA agent will need to handle your carry-on bag or food container for closer inspection.