Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

Should I wear a mask to the TSA checkpoint?

Yes, you should wear a face mask throughout your travel experience. You will 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.

Can I request that TSA officers use new gloves and swabs during screening?

Yes. TSA always requires that frontline personnel wear nitrile gloves when conducting screening duties, and travelers may request new gloves be used during the screening process. TSA has also directed officers to change explosive detection swabs after each use.

My driver’s license has expired and I can’t get it renewed during the pandemic. Will I still be able to fly?

Yes. 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 IDs for 1 year after expiration.

Can I still enroll in or renew my TSA PreCheck™ membership during the pandemic?

Yes, you can still enroll in TSA PreCheck™ or renew your existing membership to enjoy a security screening experience with the most convenience and least amount of physical contact. Applying for TSA PreCheck™ is quick and easy. Enrolling involves completing a short, 5-minute online application and a 10-minute fingerprinting appointment at one of our 400+ enrollment centers. Most applicants receive their Known Traveler Number within a week.  Renewing is even easier and most members can renew entirely online. Visit tsa.gov/precheck to learn more.

Are TSA PreCheck™ lanes still available during the pandemic? 

Yes, TSA PreCheck™ lanes are still open. Use the MyTSA app or click here to find availability. If a dedicated lane is not available at your departure airport, just show your boarding pass with the TSA PreCheck™ indicator to receive expedited screening in a standard lane.

Where can I find the numbers of passengers screened by TSA?

The daily checkpoint travel numbers for 2019 and 2020 national passenger volume numbers are available here. This webpage is updated daily by 9 a.m. Eastern time. The statistics are current as of the time posted. Because this data is considered preliminary, it may be adjusted later and will differ from the final screening statistics that are available on the TSA FOIA Electronic Reading Room.

Is TSA conducting temperature checks at security checkpoints?

TSA has not conducted and is not conducting temperature checks on air travelers. The federal government’s interagency position and guidance on temperature checks is available in the Runway to Recovery, page 21, and was jointly developed by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.