The Transportation Security Administration announces changes to their security procedures in response to COVID-19. There has been a significant decrease in the number of passengers coming through the security checkpoints since the beginning of the outbreak, although now that states are reopening the TSA is taking extra precautions to help prevent the spread.
SRQ now requires all employees to wear face masks, and TSA employees are required to wear nitrile gloves when conducting screening duties. Plastic shields have been installed at all counters, as well as installing hand sanitizing stations and social distancing markers throughout the airport. Most importantly, SRQ has doubled their cleaning staff to ensure that all touch points throughout the terminal are sanitized.
Passengers will now scan their own boarding passes and follow social distancing guidelines through the security check points. TSA is now allowing passengers to carry up to 12oz of liquid through security and all carry-on food will be screened separately. While not required, travelers are urged to wear a face mask while traveling.
The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for the REAL ID enforcement to October 1, 2021 due to motor vehicle offices being closed during the pandemic and will accept drivers license that expired on or after March 1, 2020 for up to one year after its expiration date.
SRQ Airport, the TSA, and the airlines are all working together to make sure the airport is as safe as possible for travelers to get through the terminal and to their destination.