Travel Tips For Flying During This Time
While many people are sheltering in place, there are others that must travel despite the pandemic. If you must travel, please do it safely. Before traveling be sure to check with TSA and your airlines to see if policies have changed.
One new change is that TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience. Visit www.tsa.gov for more travel information.
Many airlines have been taking precautions to keep passengers safe since social distancing started such as increased sanitizing practices and more spacing between passengers. Almost all major airlines are holding or limiting their in-flight refreshments to cut down on contact. Some airlines take in-flight social distancing to a new level by limiting where you can sit on the airplane. American Airlines and United Airlines are creating distance where available by not seating customers in middle seats and allowing seat changes once everyone is on the plane if someone feels like they are uncomfortable.
Official travel tips include wearing a face mask, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently, and staying home if you are feeling ill. The latest US travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the Department of Homeland Security's website (https://www.dhs.gov/).