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5 TSA-Friendly Tips For Safe And Efficient Holiday Travel
Holiday travel looks a lot different this year with increased restrictions, cleaning policies and social distancing. As most states urge its residents to not travel this year, some travelers are taking the risk and visiting their loved ones as the most unpredictable year of 2020 comes to a close.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) understands that travelers have been cooped up in their homes for the majority of the year, so they have special tips for making sure your holiday travel experience goes as smoothly as possible.
The TSA’s “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign promotes the new procedures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. TSA officers will be wearing masks and gloves at the security checkpoints and expect you to wear your mask as well. Travelers will have to briefly pull down their masks to verify their identity before going through the checkpoint line. Social distancing will be enforced and there will be acrylic shielding to protect the traveler and TSA officer.
All checkpoints will be frequently cleaned and disinfected, including surfaces and screening equipment.
Wearing a mask when going through airport security is mandatory. You should also pack extra masks for the duration of your flight and travels. Make sure you pack hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to sanitize your seat once you board your flight. TSA has increased the sanitiser size to 12 ounces per passenger in your carry-on luggage. Make sure to pack your photo ID even if it is expired. As a result of the pandemic, TSA will allow expired driver’s licenses up to a year after it’s expiration date.
If you enrolled in TSA PreCheck you won’t have to remove your belt, shoes, light facets, electronics or bag of travel-sized toiletries. This saves you time when going through security and you won’t have to go through multiple touchpoint.
You can apply for the program here.
Imaging beautifully wrapping a gift that triggers an alarm resulting in it having to be unwrapped! To avoid travel nightmares like this, wait until you land to wrap your gift or put it in a gift bag.
Not only is this app completely free, but it’s a great way to have 24/7 access to frequently asked questions when it comes to going through security checkpoints at the airport. There is also a “Can I Bring” database where you can confirm that your belongings will successfully make it through security.
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