The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes to how we travel. If you’re flying to Northern Ireland, the following tips will help you navigate this new traveling reality:
- Before you book a flight, check if any travel restrictions or bans apply — in both your destination and origin. Get up-to-date information by reviewing government travel advisories.
- When you pass through airport screening, do not remove your face mask. You will be required to lower it briefly to verify your identity. Those who refuse to wear a mask may be fined and denied entry.
- To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, place your boarding pass on the scanner yourself and then hold it up for inspection. Do not hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA agent.
- TSA is now permitting passengers to take one container of hand sanitizer, up to 12 oz (350 ml) in size, in carry-on luggage. This will have to be removed from your bag for scanning.
- Put any personal items (e.g, wallet, keys and phone) in your carry-on instead of a bin to reduce handling during the screening process.
- Transport any food items in a clear plastic bag and also put them in a screening bin. Keeping food separate from your carry-on makes it less likely that a TSA employee will need to open your bag for inspection.