TSA To Implement New Coronavirus-Related Security And Safety Measures

(ThePatriotSource.com)- Many places, both public and private, are going to be making changes to day-to-day operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways, life as we used to know it — at least as it relates to routines — may not ever be the same.
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced some changes they are making to security measures at airports across the country to better protect passengers and airport security. And while the agency is considering adding it as a protocol for the future, for now, screening passengers for their body temperature isn’t on the list.
In general, the changes to be implemented by TSA will protect travelers by not forcing them to handle X-ray bins that are shared with many people, and will protect security officers from having to handle the belongings of travelers.
Passengers will now not hand over their boarding passes to agents. Instead, the TSA officers will simply visually review the passes so that cross contamination doesn’t occur.
If a bag doesn’t pass screening through the X-ray machine, it’s possible that passengers will not be asked to unpack their own bag and send it back through the X-ray machine. In the past, TSA officers would search these bags by hand and then put them back through screening.
In addition to these actual changes to procedure, TSA also plans to issue new recommendations for travelers that’ll help reduce the possible contamination of their belongings.
Among those suggestions is packing any food items in clear plastic bags, as these items sometimes need to be inspected further by TSA. This will make it easier for agents to do so.
In addition, passengers are advised to place small items they would normally carry in their pockets or purses — such as cellphones and wallets — into their carry-on bags before they walk through the body scanner. This would help reduce the number of people touching the shared bins, which is where passengers normally place their small belongings before going through the scanner.