The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way we travel, but it hasn’t done away with our love of exploring. Here are some tips on how to deal with travel’s new challenges:
- Research if any travel restrictions apply to your origin and destination before locking in your flight. Also check if there are any special conditions you’ll have to follow on arrival, such as mandatory quarantining.
- Requirements state you must wear a face mask at the airport, including at security checkpoints. Be ready to adjust your mask to verify your identity when asked by a TSA employee.
- To decrease the risk of cross-contamination, position your boarding pass on the reader yourself and then hold it up for inspection. Do not hand your pass directly to a TSA officer.
- You’re permitted to take one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 oz (350 ml) in your hand luggage. You’ll need to remove it for X-ray screening.
- Put any personal items (e.g, keys, phone and coins) in your carry-on instead of a bin to reduce handling during the screening process.
- If you want to take food through the security checkpoint, place it in a clear plastic bag and then into a screening bin. This lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to touch your food container or carry-on bag for inspection.