RDU AIRPORT, N.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has completed installation of new acrylic barriers at security checkpoints throughout Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in the agency’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A total of 30 protective barriers were installed across two RDU checkpoints last week in locations where TSA officers typically interact with passengers, to include the ticket and document check podiums and secondary baggage screening positions.
“The installation of new acrylic barriers provides a significant layer of protection for the health and safety of TSA officers as well as passengers,” said Beth Walker, TSA’s Federal Security Director for RDU.
TSA’s action complements new safety practices in place at RDU, including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, the installation of acrylic barriers between guests and employees, signs that encourage social distancing and a requirement that everyone in the airport wear a mask.
"This is another step to protect passenger health and safety at the airport," said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. "From the time guests use our touchless parking system to the time they board their flight, they'll find many new measures in place to instill confidence in the safety of air travel."
TSA recently 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.
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.