TSA installs acrylic barriers at San Diego International Airport to help protect workforce and passengers from COVID-19

Local Press Release
Thursday, August 27, 2020

SAN DIEGO - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed installation of new acrylic barriers at security checkpoints throughout San Diego International Airport (SAN) in the agency’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A total of 28 protective barriers were installed at SAN in areas where TSA officers typically interact with passengers. This includes the travel document checking podium and the divesting area where travelers prepare their carry-on property for x-ray screening. The barriers are in place at all security checkpoints.

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“The clear barriers are a visual reminder of the changes TSA has made in the security checkpoint with the goal of reducing exposure among travelers and employees,” said TSA Federal Security at SAN Kathleen Connon. “The barriers are among several procedural changes that TSA has made locally and nationally, all without compromising the security of the traveling public.”  

TSA recently awarded a contract to purchase and install 1,230 acrylic barriers at 37 priority airports nationwide. Installation of these barriers will be completed by early fall. The contract was awarded in June and additional contracts will be awarded starting in September.

TSA continues to promote its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign designed to advise travelers of airport checkpoint modifications and procedures designed to contain the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, reduced physical contact between travelers and TSA officers during the screening process; use of Personal Protective Equipment by TSA officers; and extra cleaning and disinfecting in the security checkpoint.

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 tsa.gov