The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is helping summer travelers to prepare for a safe summer ahead. The agency has released its new screening procedures for summer 2020. The updates are being implemented for the sake of reducing the potential for cross-contamination at security checkpoints. Some of the TSA's summertime policies have already been activated. We will see the rest being slowly introduced from now until the middle of June. Here's a look at the core TSA updates travelers should be aware of:

  • Keep possession of your boarding pass the entire time instead of handing it to a TSA officer.
  • Separate any food you are carrying before X-ray screening to reduce the likelihood of a TSA officer having to open your carry-on bag for deeper inspection.
  • Take extra care when packing. Try to anticipate any packing 'mistakes' that could require TSA officers to open your bag.
  • Practise social distancing as much as possible at all times.
  • Be smart about bins. You can reduce the need for direct contact with bins by placing items like your wallet, belt or keys in your carry-on bag.
  • Wear facial protection when passing through TSA checkpoints. TSA officers will be wearing facial protection. The TSA encourages all travelers to do the same.

The TSA has also made an amendment to its liquids policy to allow for one container of liquid hand sanitizer per passenger. However, each container must not contain more than 12 ounces of sanitizer. Additionally, passengers are required to remove hand sanitizer from carry-on bags prior to X-ray screenings. It's also very important to check specific policies regarding face masks and safety protocols for the airline you're booked with for your next trip.

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Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.