TSA awards $2.48M acrylic barrier contract in effort to contain COVID-19

National Press Release
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
TSA installed prototype acrylic barriers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (TSA photo)

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WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded Lavi Industries of Valencia, Ca., a sole-source small business contract for acrylic barriers and associated equipment for installation at TSA’s security checkpoints at 37 priority airports nationwide. The awarded contract provides rapid deployment at the travel document checking podiums and along the conveyor belts where passengers divest their items for scanning. The priority airports include the nation’s busiest domestic hub locations.

“The ongoing installation of additional acrylic barriers adds a substantial layer of protection in our ongoing effort to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and airline passengers,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “As long as this virus remains a threat, TSA will continue to implement the measures necessary for containment, including acrylic barriers as well as technologies that reduce or eliminate physical contact.”

This contract will deliver an additional 1,230 units to augment barriers already installed throughout the TSA checkpoint at various airports and will be completed by early Autumn. The contract was awarded in June and additional barrier contracts will be awarded in September for remaining airport locations.   

Early in the pandemic, TSA worked aggressively with stakeholders to develop prototype shields at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The prototypes were created for the travel document checking podiums, the X-ray divestiture area, secondary search areas and the checked baggage drop-off locations at the airport’s passenger check-in level.

TSA continues to promote its “Stay Healthy Stay Secure” campaign designed to advise travelers of airport checkpoint modifications designed to contain the spread of COVID-19. 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. For more information about the TSA response to COVID-19, please visit here.