TSA makes changes in response to pandemic

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(Associated Press) – Scan your own boarding pass. Separate your food. Practice social distancing. 

These are things travelers should expect to do at airport checkpoints in response to COVID-19, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The changes are rolling out in the coming weeks to “reduce the potential for cross-contamination” and help fight the spread of the virus.

The TSA says passengers should expect to scan their boarding passes themselves, rather than hand them to agents. They should also put foods being carried on in clear plastic bags, and place them in bins for screening. 

Travelers – who are now allowed to carry on a 12-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer – are also encouraged to wear facial protection and put items like belts and keys in their carry-ons rather than bins to reduce touch-points during security screenings. 

Several airlines are now requiring passengers to wear masks and most have said they’re stepping up aircraft cleaning.

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(This story was originally published on May 21, 2020)

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