TSA installs acrylic shields at Eastern Iowa Airport to protect passengers and workforce from coronavirus

Local Press Release
Monday, February 22, 2021
Acrylic barriers have been installed at Eastern Iowa Airport. (TSA photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new acrylic shields at Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The protective barriers have been installed in areas where TSA officers interact with passengers. This includes the travel document checking podium, the divesting areas where travelers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening and the property search areas.

“The installation of these shields at the various locations where passengers and TSA officers interact is one of several initiatives, along with social distancing in the passenger queue and sanitizing bins, that TSA has put in place with the goal of reducing the likelihood of cross contamination among travelers and employees to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” said John Bright, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Iowa.

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 wear a mask and 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 www.tsa.gov.