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TSA Installs COVID Shields at Lynchburg

Newly installed acrylic shields at Lynchburg Regional Airport will protect travelers and officers of the Transportation Security Administration by helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The barriers went up in areas where TSA officers interact with passengers.  This includes the point where travelers drop off their checked bags for screening; the travel document checking podium; the divesting areas where travelers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening; and the property search areas.

Chuck Burke, TSA’s federal security director at the airport, said, “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.

In addition to the protective barriers, travelers should maintain social distancing and wear personal protective equipment while at the airport.  Travelers will experience reduced physical contact between travelers and TSA officers during the screening process as well as extra cleaning and disinfecting in the security checkpoint.