Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

COVID-19

Updated August 4, 2020

TSA Response to COVID-19

TSA understands that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to weigh heavily on the minds of travelers and the general public. We have established this webpage to provide resources and information to assist passengers who find they must travel during this challenging time. TSA remains dedicated to our mission of ensuring that travelers get to their destinations as safely and securely as possible. For the latest press releases and statements related to COVID-19, please visit our media page.

Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Travelers are reminded to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance regarding COVID-19. Travelers are also encouraged to:

  • Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly, including directly before and after completing the security screening process.
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet wherever possible.
  • 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.)
  • Wear a face covering during the screening process. You may be asked to adjust your mask for ID verification or to remove it for secondary screening.
  • Remove food items from carry-on bags and place in bin for screening. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck™ members.)

Travelers may be directed outside of the checkpoint to remove or repack items (e.g., laptops, liquids, gels, aerosols and large electronics).

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.

Click here for a short video on tips for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 checkpoints to make the security screening process safer:

  • Passenger Volumes

airplaneTSA is consolidating its screening operations to adjust for reduced flight and passenger volumes. Impacted security checkpoints may close as a result, so passengers may be redirected to other security screening checkpoints at the airport. View a comparison of TSA checkpoint screening numbers for 2019 and 2020.

  • 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, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors, and staggering the use of lanes in the security checkpoint where feasible.

  • Reduced Physical Contact

Social distanceTSA is implementing a phased installation of plastic shielding at points of interaction between passengers and TSA officers (e.g., checkpoint, checked baggage drop-off, etc.). Also, travelers maintain possession of their IDs and boarding passes, place on the reader, and hold up to the TSA officer for visual inspection.

  • Personal Protective Equipment

Social distanceTSA officers are required to wear face coverings 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 and security screening equipment, including bins. TSA officers also use new Explosives Trace Detection swabs for each person.

  • Medical Exemption for Hand Sanitizer

Hand SanitizerTSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. 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.

  • 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 recently announced an extension of time to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.  The new deadline is October 1, 2021. Learn more on TSA’s REAL ID webpage.

Click here for a printable infographic on “What to Know Before You Go.”

TSA Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Overall, TSA has had 1,517 federal employees test positive for COVID-19. 1,026 employees have recovered, and 6 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 the COVID-19 virus. 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 had limited 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
ABY - Southwest Georgia Regional 1 1   7/2/2020
ACY - Atlantic City International 3 2 1 6/1/2020
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 1 1   5/2/2020
ATL - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International 70 68 2 7/30/2020
AUS - Austin - Bergstrom International 15 15   7/18/2020
AVL - Asheville Regional 2 2   7/26/2020
AVP - Wilkes Barre Scranton International 2 2   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 2 2   7/27/2020
BLV - Scott AFB/MidAmerica 2 2   7/28/2020
BNA - Nashville International 15 15   7/22/2020
BOI - Boise Air Terminal 11 10 1 7/5/2020
BOS - Logan International 26 26   6/23/2020
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 1 1   3/14/2020
BUR - Bob Hope 1 1   4/15/2020
BWI - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall 24 19 5 7/27/2020
CAK - Akron-Canton Regional 1 1   7/21/2020
CHS - Charleston AFB/International 2 2   7/16/2020
CLE - Cleveland-Hopkins International 5 5   7/13/2020
CLL - Easterwood Field 3 3   6/20/2020
CLT - Charlotte Douglas International 24 22 2 7/24/2020
CMH - Columbus Airport 6 5 1 7/5/2020
CRW - Yeager 1 1   7/11/2020
CVG - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International 3 3   7/19/2020
DAL - Dallas Love Field 11 8 3 7/28/2020
DCA - Ronald Reagan Washington National 9 9   7/9/2020
DEN - Denver International 31 29 2 7/29/2020
DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth International 47 43 4 7/27/2020
DHN - Dothan Regional 1 1   7/15/2020
DRO - Durango La Plata County 1 1   7/4/2020
DRT - Del Rio International 1 1   7/29/2020
DTW - Detroit Metro Wayne County 18 16 2 7/27/2020
EAT - Pangborn Memorial 1 1   6/30/2020
ECP - Northwest Florida Beaches International 4 4   7/18/2020
ELP - El Paso International 2 1 1 5/20/2020
EWR - Newark Liberty International 69 60 9 7/6/2020
FAR - Hector International 1 1   5/19/2020
FLG - Flagstaff 1 1   6/15/2020
FLL - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 70 65 5 8/1/2020
FLO - Florence Regional 2 2   7/22/2020
FSD - Joe Foss Field 1   1  
GEG - Spokane International 3 3   7/4/2020
GRB - Austin Straubel International 1 1   7/12/2020
GRI - Central Nebraska Regional 1 1   4/12/2020
GSP - Greenville-Spartanburg International 2 2   6/25/2020
HNL - Daniel K. Inouye International Airport 3 2 1 7/16/2020
HOU - William P Hobby 14 12 2 7/16/2020
HPN - Westchester County 1 1   6/24/2020
HRL - Valley International 1 1   6/25/2020
HSV - Huntsville International-Carl T Jones Field 1 1   7/14/2020
IAD - Washington Dulles International 10 8 2 7/26/2020
IAH - George Bush Intercontinental 58 55 3 7/26/2020
ICT - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport 1 1   6/22/2020
IND - Indianapolis International 8 7 1 7/14/2020
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 5 5   7/8/2020
JAX - Jacksonville International 8 8   8/1/2020
JFK - John F. Kennedy International 117 109 8 7/18/2020
JLN - Joplin Regional 1 1   6/22/2020
LAS - McCarran International/Las Vegas 21 20 1 7/17/2020
LAX - Los Angeles International 57 56 1 7/19/2020
LBB - Lubbock Preston Smith International 2 1 1 7/12/2020
LFT - Lafayette Regional 1 1   7/16/2020
LGA - LaGuardia 41 38 3 7/14/2020
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
MCO - Orlando International 59 58 1 7/30/2020
MDW - Chicago Midway International 14 14   7/29/2020
MEM - Memphis International 4 4   7/18/2020
MFE - McAllen Miller International 2 2   7/15/2020
MGM - Montgomery Regional 2 2   6/14/2020
MIA - Miami International 101 95 6 7/28/2020
MKE - General Mitchell International 3 2 1 7/12/2020
MKG - Muskegon County 1 1   4/18/2020
MLB - Melbourne International - USA 1 1   6/19/2020
MLI - Quad City International 2 2   7/7/2020
MOB - Mobile Regional 1 1   7/13/2020
MSN - Dane County Regional-Truax Field 1 1   6/19/2020
MSO - Missoula International 1 1   3/23/2020
MSP - Minneapolis-St Paul International 9 9   7/19/2020
MSY - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International 32 31 1 7/11/2020
MTJ - Montrose Regional 1 1   3/16/2020
MYR - Myrtle Beach International 2 2   7/23/2020
OKC - Will Rogers World 2 2   7/26/2020
OMA - Eppley Airfield 6 5 1 7/19/2020
ONT - Ontario International 3 3   7/18/2020
ORD - Chicago O'Hare International 50 48 2 8/1/2020
ORF - Norfolk International 2 2   4/5/2020
PAE - Snohomish County Airport-Paine Field 2 2   4/1/2020
PBI - Palm Beach International 7 7   7/20/2020
PDX - Portland International 2 2   7/6/2020
PHL - Philadelphia International 26 26   7/26/2020
PHX - Phoenix Sky Harbor International 31 26 5 7/25/2020
PIE - St Pete Clearwater International 5 4 1 6/28/2020
PIT - Pittsburgh International 4 4   7/2/2020
PNS - Pensacola International 2 2   7/16/2020
PSC - Tri Cities 1 1   7/3/2020
PSP - Palm Springs International 2 2   6/27/2020
PVD - Theodore Francis Green State 1 1   3/19/2020
RAP - Rapid City Regional 2 2   7/8/2020
RDU - Raleigh-Durham International 1 1   5/12/2020
RSW - Southwest Florida International 16 13 3 7/19/2020
SAN - San Diego International 11 10 1 7/26/2020
SAT - San Antonio International 12 12   7/30/2020
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 20 18 2 7/15/2020
SFB - Orlando Sanford International Airport 5 5   7/10/2020
SFO - San Francisco International Airport 6 4 1 8/2/2020
SGU - St George Municipal 1 1   7/12/2020
SIT - Sitka Rocky Gutierrez 1 1   7/12/2020
SJC - Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International 7 7   5/2/2020
SJU - Luis Munoz Marin International 2 1 1 3/25/2020
SLC - Salt Lake City International 12 12   7/29/2020
SMF - Sacramento International 3 3   7/24/2020
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 2 2   7/26/2020
STL - St. Louis Lambert International 7 7   7/23/2020
SRQ - Sarasota Bradenton International Airport 1 1   3/23/2020
STT - Cyril E King 1 1   3/13/2020
TLH - Tallahassee Regional 2 2   7/3/2020
TOL - Toledo Express 3 3   7/23/2020
TPA - Tampa International 24 22 2 7/29/2020
TUL - Tulsa International 6 6   7/3/2020
TUS - Tucson International 6 6   7/14/2020
TXK - Texarkana Regional-Webb Field 1 1   7/1/2020
USA - Concord-Padgett Regional Airport 3 3   7/16/2020
VLD - Valdosta Regional 3 3   7/23/2020
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.

Protecting our Workforce

TSA is taking extraordinary steps to protect our employees, including issuing improved personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators and eye protection.

We also established markings and procedures to promote social distancing, installed physical barriers at locations in the checkpoint where TSA officers and passengers are in closer proximity, and changed procedures to reduce the need for physical contact between officers and passengers. 

We remain committed to technological innovations that further reduce physical contact between TSA officers and passengers. We are trying out new technologies that let passengers scan their own identity documents, and improving our detection algorithms to reduce the need for pat-downs and bag checks to resolve alarms. 

We are continuously improving and refining our checkpoint processes, including adjusting our airport staffing levels to minimize checkpoint lines and socially distance passengers as airline bookings change daily with the pandemic.