Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

COVID-19

Updated September 30, 2020

TSA Response to COVID-19

The Transportation Security Administration continues to adjust its security operations during the COVID-19 global pandemic. We established this webpage to provide resources and information to assist passengers who travel during this time. TSA is ready to meet the current and future security needs of the nation’s transportation systems and remains dedicated to keeping travelers and our frontline workforce healthy and secure.

For the latest press releases and statements related to COVID-19, please visit our media page.

Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.

TSA launched the “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign, which details proactive and protective measures we have implemented at security checkpoints to make the screening process safer for passengers and our workforce by reducing the potential of exposure to the coronavirus. The campaign includes guidance and resources to help passengers prepare for the security screening process in the COVID environment.

Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Travelers are reminded to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance as well as local and state advisories regarding COVID-19. Specifically, travelers are also encouraged to:

  • Maintain a social distance of six feet wherever possible while at the checkpoint.
  • Wear a face mask throughout your travel experience. You may be asked to adjust your mask for ID verification or if it alarms the security screening equipment. If you don’t have a face mask and you require a pat down, a TSA officer will offer one to you. 
  • Remove belts and all personal items from your pockets such as wallets, keys or phones before you enter the checkpoint queue and place them in your carry-on bag.  (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck™ members.)
  • Remove food items from carry-on bags and place in bin for screening. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck™ members.)
  • Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly, including directly before and after completing the security screening process. If it is not possible to wash your hands, please use hand sanitizer.
  • Arrive at the airport early to allow adequate time for checking bags, completing security screening and getting to the departure gate. COVID-19 has affected staffing and operations across the airport environment, potentially adding time to your pre-flight experience.

Employees or travelers who believe they may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 should consult with their healthcare provider. Employees or travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 should seek medical attention and follow the guidance of their healthcare provider and local health department.

Passenger Volumes

Security Checkpoints

While security is TSA’s top priority, the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public is of utmost importance to us. TSA remains in close communication with medical professionals, the CDC, and various government agencies as we continue to carry out our important mission. Below are some adjustments TSA has made at security checkpoints to make the security screening process safer.

  • Social Distancing

Social distanceTSA has implemented procedures to increase social distancing and reduce direct contact between our employees and the traveling public whenever possible – without compromising security. Adjustments include increasing distance between passengers as they enter the security checkpoint queue and throughout the screening process, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors, and opening more checkpoint lanes where possible to reduce time spent in line.

  • Reduced Physical Contact

Social distanceTSA is implementing a phased installation of acrylic barriers at various points throughout the checkpoint that require interaction between passengers and TSA officers. Travelers should keep possession of their boarding pass, place it on the document scanner and show the boarding pass to the TSA officer for visual inspection while at the travel document checking station.

  • Personal Protective Equipment

Social distanceTSA officers are required to wear face mask and gloves. They may also choose to wear eye protection or clear plastic face shields. In addition, TSA officers change their gloves following each pat-down and upon passenger request.

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

CleaningTSA has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces throughout the checkpoint including security screening equipment and bins. TSA officers are also required to change Explosives Trace Detection swabs after each use.

  • Medical Exemption for Hand Sanitizer

Hand SanitizerAs a temporary exemption from the 3-1-1 rule, TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Since these containers exceed the standard allowance typically permitted through a checkpoint, they will need to be screened separately. This will add some time to your checkpoint screening experience. Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be limited to 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag. TSA’s special procedures for traveling with medication.

  • Touchless Technology

Touchless TechnologyNew technology continues to be a major priority for TSA. Here are just a few examples of technologies that are changing the way we do business: 1) Computed Tomography (CT) produces high-quality, 3-D images for a more thorough visual analysis of a bag’s contents. 2) Enhanced Advanced Imaging Technology (eAIT) safely screens passengers without physical contact for threats such as weapons and explosives, which may be hidden under a passenger’s clothing. 3) Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) machines automatically verify identification documents presented by passengers during the security screening process.

  • Expired Driver’s License and REAL ID Extension

RealIDIf your driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration.   DHS has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021.Learn more about REAL ID on TSA’s REAL ID webpage.

TSA Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

TSA has 236 employees with active COVID-19 infections. Those individuals are staying home to help keep the traveling public safe. Since the beginning of the pandemic, TSA has cumulatively had 1,972 federal employees test positive for COVID-19. 1,736 employees have recovered, and 7 have unfortunately died as a result of the virus. We have also been notified that one screening contractor has passed away due to the virus

TSA is committed to notifying the public about airport locations where TSA employees or screening contractors have tested positive for COVID-19. The chart below lists airports with confirmed COVID-19 cases and the last date worked for the most recent screening employee who tested positive. It does not include non-airport TSA employees or contractors who have limited or no interaction with the public. Passengers who believe they may have come in contact with an infected individual within the past 14 days should follow the  CDC’s recommendations for travel-associated exposure.

*The chart includes TSA employees and screening contractors who may have had direct interaction with the public at an airport location.

Airport Total Confirmed Cases TSA Screening Officers Non-Screening Employees Last work date of most recent screening officer confirmed case
ABQ - Albuquerque International Sunport 2 2   8/13/2020
ABY - Southwest Georgia Regional 1 1   7/2/2020
ACY - Atlantic City International 3 2 1 6/1/2020
AGS - Augusta Regional at Bush Field 1 1   9/18/2020
AIA - Alliance Municipal 1 1   5/19/2020
ALB - Albany International 1   1  
ALW - Walla Walla Regional 1 1   3/24/2020
AMA - Rick Husband Amarillo International 2 2   8/27/2020
ATL - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International 87 83 4 9/19/2020
AUS - Austin - Bergstrom International 17 15 2 7/18/2020
AVL - Asheville Regional 2 2   7/26/2020
AVP - Wilkes Barre Scranton International 3 2 1 3/18/2020
AZA - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway 1   1  
BDL - Bradley International 4 4   6/26/2020
BFF - Western Neb. Regional/William B. Heilig Field 2 2   5/20/2020
BFL - Meadows Field 2 2   7/12/2020
BHM - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International 3 3   8/2/2020
BIL - Billings Logan International 2 2   8/28/2020
BLV - Scott AFB/MidAmerica 4 4   7/30/2020
BNA - Nashville International 21 21   9/19/2020
BOI - Boise Air Terminal 12 10 2 7/5/2020
BOS - Logan International 38 38   9/22/2020
BRO - Brownsville South Padre Island International 4 4   6/22/2020
BTR - Baton Rouge Metropolitan/Ryan Field 4 4   7/18/2020
BUF - Buffalo Niagara International 3 3   9/15/2020
BUR - Bob Hope 1 1   4/15/2020
BWI - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall 28 23 5 9/3/2020
BZN - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport 1 1   9/3/2020
CAK - Akron-Canton Regional 2 2   9/13/2020
CHS - Charleston AFB/International 2 2   7/16/2020
CLE - Cleveland-Hopkins International 7 7   9/10/2020
CLL - Easterwood Field 3 3   6/20/2020
CLT - Charlotte Douglas International 36 28 8 9/17/2020
CMH - Columbus Airport 6 5 1 7/5/2020
CRW - Yeager 1 1   7/11/2020
CVG - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International 4 4   8/3/2020
DAL - Dallas Love Field 14 11 3 9/11/2020
DAY - James M Cox/Dayton International 1 1   9/17/2020
DCA - Ronald Reagan Washington National 19 19   9/12/2020
DEN - Denver International 34 32 2 8/30/2020
DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth International 65 59 6 9/22/2020
DHN - Dothan Regional 1 1   7/15/2020
DLG - Dillingham Airport 1 1   8/4/2020
DRO - Durango La Plata County 1 1   7/4/2020
DRT - Del Rio International 1 1   7/29/2020
DTW - Detroit Metro Wayne County 23 20 3 9/6/2020
EAT - Pangborn Memorial 1 1   6/30/2020
ECP - Northwest Florida Beaches International 6 6   9/7/2020
ELP - El Paso International 2 1 1 5/20/2020
ESC - Delta County 1 1   9/13/2020
EWN - Coastal Carolina Regional 2 2   8/15/2020
EWR - Newark Liberty International 74 65 9 9/24/2020
FAI - Fairbanks International 1 1   8/16/2020
FAR - Hector International 3 3   9/12/2020
FAT - Fresno Yosemite International 1 1   8/24/2020
FAY - Fayetteville Regional/Grannis Field 1 1   9/3/2020
FLG - Flagstaff 1 1   6/15/2020
FLL - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 82 77 5 9/7/2020
FLO - Florence Regional 3 3   8/11/2020
FSD - Joe Foss Field 1   1  
FWA - Fort Wayne International 6 6   8/13/2020
GEG - Spokane International 4 4   8/30/2020
GFK - Grand Forks International 1 1   9/23/2020
GRB - Austin Straubel International 3 3   9/23/2020
GRI - Central Nebraska Regional 1 1   4/12/2020
GSO - Central North Carolina International Airport 1 1   8/19/2020
GSP - Greenville-Spartanburg International 2 2   6/25/2020
GUM - Guam International 2 2   9/22/2020
HNL - Daniel K. Inouye International Airport 8 7 1 9/15/2020
HOU - William P Hobby 16 14 2 9/19/2020
HPN - Westchester County 2 2   9/25/2020
HRL - Valley International 1 1   6/25/2020
HSV - Huntsville International-Carl T Jones Field 1 1   7/14/2020
IAD - Washington Dulles International 23 20 3 9/10/2020
IAH - George Bush Intercontinental 65 61 4 9/28/2020
ICT - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport 1 1   6/22/2020
IDA - Idaho Falls Regional 1 1   8/29/2020
IND - Indianapolis International 10 9 1 9/24/2020
IPL - Imperial County 2 2   6/15/2020
ISP - Long Island MacArthur 3 3   3/25/2020
ITH - Ithaca Tompkins Regional 1 1   5/8/2020
JAC - Jackson Hole Airport 3 3   3/25/2020
JAN - Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International 8 7 1 8/4/2020
JAX - Jacksonville International 9 9   8/13/2020
JFK - John F. Kennedy International 123 113 10 9/15/2020
JLN - Joplin Regional 1 1   6/22/2020
LAS - McCarran International/Las Vegas 33 32 1 9/20/2020
LAX - Los Angeles International 57 56 1 7/19/2020
LBB - Lubbock Preston Smith International 3 2 1 8/10/2020
LFT - Lafayette Regional 1 1   7/16/2020
LGA - LaGuardia 42 39 3 9/22/2020
LGB - Long Beach Airport 2 2   7/19/2020
LIT - Bill and Hillary Clinton Nat Adams Field 4 4   7/21/2020
MAF - Midland International 3 3   7/8/2020
MCI - Kansas City International 12 11 1 9/5/2020
MCO - Orlando International 67 65 2 9/19/2020
MDT - Harrisburg International 1 1   9/29/2020
MDW - Chicago Midway International 28 28   9/26/2020
MEI - Key Field 1 1   8/31/2020
MEM - Memphis International 6 6   8/28/2020
MFE - McAllen Miller International 3 3   9/17/2020
MGM - Montgomery Regional 2 2   6/14/2020
MIA - Miami International 132 125 7 9/19/2020
MKE - General Mitchell International 7 5 2 9/15/2020
MKG - Muskegon County 1 1   4/18/2020
MLB - Melbourne International - USA 1 1   6/19/2020
MLI - Quad City International 3 2 1 7/7/2020
MOB - Mobile Regional 1 1   7/13/2020
MQT - Sawyer International 1 1   8/27/2020
MSN - Dane County Regional-Truax Field 1 1   6/19/2020
MSO - Missoula International 2 2   9/20/2020
MSP - Minneapolis-St Paul International 14 13 1 9/11/2020
MSY - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International 35 33 2 9/19/2020
MTJ - Montrose Regional 1 1   3/16/2020
MYR - Myrtle Beach International 4 4   8/12/2020
OAK - Metropolitan Oakland International 1 1   9/16/2020
OKC - Will Rogers World 3 3   9/14/2020
OMA - Eppley Airfield 8 5 3 7/19/2020
ONT - Ontario International 3 3   7/18/2020
ORD - Chicago O'Hare International 68 64 4 8/30/2020
ORF - Norfolk International 4 4   8/31/2020
PAE - Snohomish County Airport-Paine Field 2 2   4/1/2020
PBI - Palm Beach International 8 8   7/23/2020
PDX - Portland International 6 5 1 9/18/2020
PGD - Punta Gorda Airport 1 1   9/5/2020
PGV - Pitt Greenville 1 1   9/19/2020
PHL - Philadelphia International 36 34 2 9/16/2020
PHX - Phoenix Sky Harbor International 39 33 6 9/14/2020
PIA - General Downing - Peoria International 2 2   9/20/2020
PIE - St Pete Clearwater International 6 5 1 8/2/2020
PIT - Pittsburgh International 4 4   7/2/2020
PNS - Pensacola International 3 3   8/20/2020
PSC - Tri Cities 2 2   8/8/2020
PSP - Palm Springs International 2 2   6/27/2020
PVD - Theodore Francis Green State 2 1 1 3/19/2020
RAP - Rapid City Regional 2 2   7/8/2020
RDU - Raleigh-Durham International 3 3   8/8/2020
RFD - Chicago/Rockford International 1 1   9/10/2020
RIC - Richmond International 4 3 1 9/15/2020
RNO - Reno/Tahoe International 2 2   7/25/2020
RSW - Southwest Florida International 19 16 3 8/16/2020
SAN - San Diego International 17 16 1 9/9/2020
SAT - San Antonio International 14 14   8/22/2020
SAV - Savannah/Hilton Head International 2 2   6/20/2020
SBN - South Bend Airport 1 1   7/4/2020
SBY - Salisbury-Ocean City/Wicomico Regional 2 2   7/18/2020
SDF - Louisville International-Standiford Field 3 3   7/8/2020
SEA - Seattle/Tacoma International 26 23 3 9/17/2020
SFB - Orlando Sanford International Airport 5 5   7/10/2020
SFO - San Francisco International Airport 8 7 1 9/24/2020
SGF - Springfield-Branson National 1 1   9/11/2020
SGU - St George Municipal 1 1   7/12/2020
SHD - Shenandoah Valley Regional 1 1   9/18/2020
SIT - Sitka Rocky Gutierrez 1 1   7/12/2020
SJC - Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International 9 9   8/26/2020
SJU - Luis Munoz Marin International 15 6 9 9/17/2020
SLC - Salt Lake City International 21 18 3 9/23/2020
SMF - Sacramento International 7 7   9/2/2020
SMX - Santa Maria Public/Capt. G. Allan Hancock Field 1 1   7/3/2020
SNA - John Wayne Airport-Orange County 6 5 1 7/8/2020
SPI - Abraham Lincoln Capital 3 3   9/11/2020
SRQ - Sarasota Bradenton International Airport 1 1   3/23/2020
STC - St. Cloud Regional 2 2   8/21/2020
STL - St. Louis Lambert International 16 16   9/23/2020
STT - Cyril E King 1 1   3/13/2020
SYR - Syracuse Hancock International 1 1   9/2/2020
TLH - Tallahassee Regional 2 2   7/3/2020
TOL - Toledo Express 3 3   7/23/2020
TPA - Tampa International 31 29 2 8/20/2020
TUL - Tulsa International 7 7   8/26/2020
TUS - Tucson International 6 6   7/14/2020
TXK - Texarkana Regional-Webb Field 1 1   7/1/2020
USA - Concord-Padgett Regional Airport 4 4   9/17/2020
VLD - Valdosta Regional 3 3   7/23/2020
VPS - Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport 2 2   9/18/2020
XNA - Northwest Arkansas Regional 1 1   9/21/2020
XWA - Williston Basin International Airport 1 1   8/31/2020
YUM - Yuma MCAS/Yuma International 1 1   6/13/2020

Travel Restrictions

The latest travel restrictions and advisories related to COVID-19 can be found on the DHS COVID-19: Protecting Air Travelers and the American Public webpage and the State Department’s website.

Airport Closures and Flight Cancellations

TSA does not make decisions about flight cancellations or airport closures. These decisions are made locally, on a case-by-case basis, by individual airlines, airports and public health officials. Before traveling, passengers should check with their airline and airports of origin and destination for the latest information on closures and cancellations.

Supporting our Workforce

The health and safety of our frontline workforce is paramount to TSA. In addition to the measures taken to protect our frontline workforce from COVID-19 transmission, we are also using our unique authorities to provide them with the additional support and care they deserve during this unprecedented time. This includes: 

  • Granting paid administrative leave or excused absences (rather than requiring use of personal leave) for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19, need to self-quarantine while awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have had direct contact with an infected individual.
  • Providing for the maximum use of telework to promote social distancing.
  • Affording new protections and alternatives to employees who are members of vulnerable populations to fit their individual situations.
  • Expanding the availability of Emergency Paid Sick Leave to all TSA employees.

We will continuously evaluate and adapt our procedures and policies to keep our workforce safe as we learn more about this devastating disease and how it spreads.