The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way we travel, but it hasn’t curbed our lust for exploring. Here are some tips on how to cope with travel’s new challenges:
- Find out if any restrictions apply to both your destination and origin. It may not be possible to travel depending on local circumstances, so check before you book.
- When you pass through airport checkpoints, do not remove your face mask. You will be required to lower it briefly for identification purposes. Those who refuse to wear a face mask may face civil penalties and may also be denied boarding.
- You’re no longer required to hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA employee. Rather, position your pass on the reader and then hold it up for inspection.
- TSA now allows passengers to take one container of hand sanitizer, up to 12 oz (350 ml) in size, in carry-on baggage. This will need to be removed from your bag for screening.
- To reduce handling during screening, place personal items such as your phone, keys and wallet into your carry-on instead of into the bins.
- Separate any food you’re carrying 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.