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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

COVID-19

Updated April 7, 2020

Confirmed Cases Within the Past 14 Days

TSA understands that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is on the minds of travelers and the general public. That is why we have established a map for the purpose of notifying the public about airports where TSA officers have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. CDC recommends that post-exposure health management measures for asymptomatic exposed individuals continue until 14 days after the last potential exposure.

In the past 14 days across the nation, there are 47 screening officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, 9 non-screening employees who have relatively limited interaction with the traveling public, have tested positive for the virus over the same period.

TSA is working with the CDC and state and local health departments to monitor local situations as well as the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public. Impacted security checkpoints may close as needed, so you may be redirected to other security screening checkpoints at the airport. TSA officers remain dedicated to their mission to ensure that travelers can get to their destinations as safely and securely as possible.

COVID-19 Map

Airport City State TSA screening officers Last day at worksort ascending Work location * Shift
Bradley International (BDL) Hartford CT Screening Officer April 3 Checkpoint A1 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Boston Logan International (BOS) Boston MA Baggage Officer April 3 Terminal A Baggage 3:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) New Orleans LA Screening Officer April 3 Main Checkpoint 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK) New York NY Screening Officer April 2 Terminal 8 Checkpoint 12 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia International (PHL) Philadelphia PA Baggage Officer April 2 Terminals B and C baggage area 11:55 a.m. - 1:37 p.m.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) New Orleans LA Screening Officer April 2 Checkpoint 3:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
LaGuardia (LGA) New York NY Screening Officer April 2 Terminal C West Checkpoint 12 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA) Seattle WA Screening Officer April 1 Checkpoint 3 3:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA) Seattle WA Screening Officer April 1 Central Checkpoint 3:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK) New York NY Screening Officer April 1 Terminal 4 4 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) New Orleans LA Screening Officer April 1 Checkpoint 5 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Houston TX Screening Officer March 31 Checkpoint 12 Terminal A South 10:45 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Houston TX Screening Officer March 31 E-70 Checkpoint 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK) New York NY Screening Officer March 30 Checkpoint T4 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Dallas/Fort Worth TX Screening Officer March 30 Checkpoint C21 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK) New York NY Screening Officer March 30 Terminal 1 Checkpoint 12 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
LaGuardia (LGA) New York NY Screening Officer March 30 Terminal A Checkpoint 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy International (JFK) New York NY Screening Officer March 29 Terminal 4 4 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chicago-O'Hare International (ORD) Chicago IL Baggage Officer March 29 Terminal 3, Baggage Zone 17D 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Denver International (DEN) Denver CO Baggage Officer March 29 East Baggage 4 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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What to Do

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

Medical Exemptions

Hand SanitizerTSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience. 

Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag.

Learn about TSA’s special procedures for traveling with medication.

Driver’s License

If 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 or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer.

Coronavirus Rumor Control

Know the facts about COVID-19 and help prevent the spread of rumors and misinformation. Please visit the FEMA Rumor Control webpage.

TSA checkpoint travel numbers for 2020 and 2019

Protecting our Workforce

On March 24, 2020, Administrator David Pekoske responded to questions from Chairman Bennie Thompson and Subcommittee Chairman J. Luis Correa on the efforts TSA has taken to protect the frontline workforce from COVID-19. Read the letter.

FAQ

Are there travel restrictions?

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries, China, and Iran. Read the press release and factsheet.

Can I bring cans of disinfecting spray in carry-on?

Flammable disinfectant sprays are prohibited and are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. Check out the “What can I bring?” tool to learn what items are allowed.

Can I bring disinfecting wipes on my flight?

Yes. You may take disinfecting wipes without any restrictions.

Can I bring my large bottle of hand sanitizer?

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 these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.

Can I request for new swabs and gloves during security screening?

TSA requires that frontline personnel wear nitrile gloves when conducting screening duties and are required to use swabs when testing for explosive material. Travelers may request for new gloves to be used during the screening process. TSA has directed officers to use a fresh swab for each passenger when testing for explosive material.

Can I wear a mask when going through screening at a TSA checkpoint?

Travelers are allowed to wear masks during the screening process, but a TSA officer may ask you to adjust the mask to visually confirm your identity during the travel document checking process.

What is TSA doing to keep checkpoints clean?

TSA has issued guidance to frontline employees to conduct routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the TSA security checkpoint. Many airport authorities are also performing additional cleaning of security checkpoints. Employees are encouraged to wash their hands after cleaning and after removing their gloves.

TSA is also taking additional efforts to clean bins, but most importantly, travelers are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and wash their hands before and after completing the security screening process. Travelers should place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in their carry-on property to be screened through the X-ray system.

TSA will continue to follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will continue to work with government and industry partners to contain the spread of the virus.

What guidance is TSA issuing to travelers regarding the virus?