Monday, January 25th, 2021

TSA screens highest number of passengers since March 2020

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said the agency screened over 1 million passengers on Sunday, which marked the highest number of passengers screened at TSA checkpoints since March 17, 2020.

“TSA has been diligent in our efforts to ensure checkpoints are clean, safe and healthy for frontline workers and airline passengers, implementing new protocols and deploying state-of-the-art technologies that improve security and reduce physical contact,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

TSA officials indicated the 1 million single-day passenger volume serves as a key development in the wake of the agency implementing checkpoint modifications in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deployment of acrylic barriers and technologies reducing or eliminating physical contact between passengers and TSA officers; new credential authentication devices installed at various airport checkpoints that enable passengers to insert their ID directly into a card reader, eliminating the need for a TSA screening officer to touch the ID; and feature computed tomography (CT) scanners that allow TSA officers to manipulate an image on the screen to get a better view of a bag’s contents – allowing officers to clear items without having to open a carry-on bag.

Authorities said other TSA COVID-19 related initiatives include establishing the “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign to prepare travelers for new procedures they can expect at TSA checkpoints.

TSA also encourages travelers to follow CDC and other COVID-19 related health guidelines established by airports, airlines, and local jurisdictions at departure and arrival locations.