TSA installs windows at Ithaca airport to help prevent spread of covid-19

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TSA has installed new acrylic shields at the security checkpoint at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, part of the agency’s continued efforts to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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The protective shields were installed in areas where TSA officers typically interact with passengers.

This includes the travel document checking podium; divesting areas where travelers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening; and the property search areas.

“We expect that the installation of these shields will help prevent cross contamination among travelers and the TSA workforce to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” said Bart R. Johnson, Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “The installation of these shields is just one of the many critical pandemic-related initiatives, along with social distancing in the passenger queue and sanitizing bins that TSA has undertaken.”

Other mitigation strategies deployed by TSA under the “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign include:

  • Social distancing;
  • reduced physical contact between travelers and TSA officers during the screening process;
  • use of personal protective equipment by TSA officers;
  • extra cleaning and disinfecting in the security checkpoint.

Travelers are reminded to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, along with local and state advisories regarding COVID-19.

For more information about the TSA response to COVID-19, visit www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.

(TSA photo)

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