The COVID-19 outbreak has affected how the world works in countless ways, including how and where we travel. The following tips will help you better understand these new challenges and prepare you for your journey to Washington:
- Research if any travel restrictions apply to your origin and destination before booking your flight. Also check if there are any special conditions you’ll have to follow on arrival, such as undergoing health assessments.
- When you go through airport checkpoints, keep your face mask on. 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 boarding.
- To avoid cross-contamination, position your boarding pass on the reader yourself and then hold it up for inspection. Do not hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA employee.
- 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 have to be removed from your bag and submitted for screening.
- Place any personal items (keys, wallet and phone) in your carry-on instead of a bin to minimize handling during the screening process.
- Separate any food you have for X-ray screening. Food items often set off the alarm. Placing them in a clear plastic bag and into a bin reduces the need for a TSA agent to handle and inspect your belongings.