Acrylic barriers installed at San Antonio International Airport TSA security checkpoints to help protect workforce and passengers from COVID-19

Local Press Release
Monday, September 14, 2020

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

A total of 16 protective barriers were installed in terminals A and B, across SAT checkpoints last week in locations where TSA officers typically interact with passengers, to include the ticket and document check podiums and divesting area where travelers prepare their carry-on property for x-ray screening. . Passengers are reminded they may be asked to briefly lower their face protection for identity verification when processing through travel document check.

“Stay Healthy Stay Secure is a program initiated by TSA at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional of acrylic barriers inside TSA checkpoints is one of a variety of measures we’ve taken to protect our workforce and the traveling public,” said TSA Federal Security Director Jess Presas at SAT. We will continue to implement the measures necessary for containment, including acrylic barriers and other technologies that reduce or eliminate physical contact, as long as the virus remains a threat.”

In July, TSA awarded a contract for acrylic barriers and associated equipment for installation at TSA’s security checkpoints at 37 priority airports nationwide.

The contract will provide an additional 1,230 acrylic barriers to augment temporary barriers already installed 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.

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 tsa.gov/coronavirus.

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