The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we travel, but it hasn’t deterred our enthusiasm for exploring. Here are a few tips on how to tackle travel’s new challenges:
- Find out what rules and restrictions apply to both your origin and destination. You may not be able to travel depending on local circumstances, so be sure to check in advance.
- Requirements state that you must wear a face mask at the airport, including at security checkpoints. Be ready to lower your mask for ID purposes when asked by a TSA officer.
- To reduce the risk of 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 officer.
- One liquid hand sanitizer container is now allowed in your carry-on baggage. It must not be larger than 12 oz (350 ml), and you’ll have to remove it from your bag at the X-ray machine for screening.
- Remove personal items from your pockets, such as your phone and wallet, and place them in your carry-on instead of into bins. This will reduce handling during the screening process.
- Transport your food items in a clear plastic bag and also place them in a screening bin. Separating food from your carry-on makes it less likely that a TSA officer will need to open and touch your bag for inspection.