As many Americans are slowly returning to airports for the first time in months, some may see how TSA checkpoints have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the global outbreak, walking into any airport may feel eerie due to the deadly virus leaving ticket counters, flights, and checkpoints empty.
Today reported that on April 14, only 87,534 people traveled in an airport throughout the nation, down from 2.5 million before the deadly virus hit the United States.
Passengers are slowly returning to airports this summer but may see a significant difference when waiting in line for security. Next time you’re in line, you will see plexiglass to separate officers from passengers and stickers on the floor to keep travelers 6 feet apart.
Another option you may see is a self-service kiosk that checks your identification and then matches it to your airline ticket record.
TSA Chief Admiral David Pekoske shared that these new rules will help slow coronavirus spread at nationwide airports.
When you go through security, TSA has new software and full-body scanners that reduce pat-downs. If officers need to do a body check, they must change their gloves for each person.
If you're worried about the technology, Pekoske says you shouldn’t be.
“Every single one of these new technology advancements that we have, first and foremost improves security and it improves security a lot,” Pekoske added.
The chief shared that he does not expect that he will have to furlough any TSA agents.