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Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Staying Healthy When Traveling

We have seen the videos of people doing unusual things on airplanes (like clipping their nails or putting their bare feet EVERYWHERE). They reminded us that we could all do more to stay healthy the next time we find ourselves in the airport or on an airplane.

No matter what time of year, it's always a good idea to take precautions to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness while flying. Here's some information to help keep you healthy during your next trip!

Germs Be Gone

Planning on traveling with disinfectants to help keep things clean? Here are a few common items that you may have in your bag:

  • Hand sanitizer: This is good to go in your carry-on bag in quantities under 3.4 oz.
    • Note: In concert with guidance from public health officials regarding community health situations, as of April 2020 TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 oz permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add time to their checkpoint screening experience.
  • Sanitizing Wipes: Wet wipes, in any quantity, can be carried on. This includes baby wipes!
  • Disinfectant sprays: You are allowed to have sprays in your carry-on bag as long as they do not exceed 3.4 oz. Pack larger sizes in your checked luggage.

Staying Healthy

Medications in pill or other forms must undergo security screening. TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection. This includes over the counter medications such as cough syrup or heartburn medication.

If you’re bringing liquid medication, be sure to remove it from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You are not required to place your liquid medication in a plastic zip-top bag. 

Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Some travelers choose to wear medical masks when flying to avoid the spread or contraction of illnesses. Should you decide to wear a medical mask during security screening, you will be asked to remove the mask when you arrive at the checkpoint so the TSA officer can verify your identity.

Stay Informed

While we can tell you what will be allowed in your carry-on or checked baggage, we too refer to the health experts for information about current health concerns in the U.S. and around the world. Find the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State.

We’re Happy to Help

All this information giving you a headache? Have no fear! Our AskTSA Customer Care team is available daily on Twitter and Facebook to answer any travel-related questions you have. You can also call our customer service center at (866) 289-9673. You can also check out the latest updates on traveling healthy in light of COVID19 here. News on TSA

TSA releases roadmap for mitigating.....

.....insider threats to transportation environments

National Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration today released its framework to thwart insider threats in the transportation sector. The TSA Insider Threat Roadmap will streamline processes, identify requirements and capabilities, and leverage partnerships to proactively mitigate risks associated with insider threats.

“Together with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders, we will maximize innovation and technology to mitigate insider threats,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “In addition to addressing key operational needs, implementing the Roadmap will also enhance our position as a global leader in transportation security and advance transportation security standards worldwide.” 

The roadmap focuses on three overarching priorities: 1) promoting data-driven decision making to detect threats; 2) advancing operational capability to deter threats; and 3) maturing capabilities to mitigate threats to the transportation sector.

“While we recognize that there is no ‘turn-key’ solution to mitigating insider threat, this roadmap will help implement safeguards that incrementally raise the security baseline,” Pekoske said.

Watch TSA Administrator Pekoske discuss the importance of the Insider Threat Roadmap.

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