The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we travel, but it hasn’t stopped our zest for exploring. Here are a few tips on how to navigate travel’s new challenges:
- Find out if any travel restrictions apply to your origin and destination before booking. Also check if there are any requirements you’ll need to follow on arrival, such as installing a contact tracing app.
- When you go through airport checkpoints, keep your face mask on. You will be asked to lower it briefly for ID purposes. Passengers who refuse to wear a face mask may be fined and denied entry.
- To reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination, place your boarding pass on the scanner yourself and then hold it up for inspection. Do not hand your boarding pass directly to a TSA officer.
- You can take one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 oz (350 ml) in your carry-on bag. This will need to be taken out for X-ray scanning.
- Put any personal items (e.g, keys, phone and wallet) in your carry-on rather than a bin to reduce handling during the screening process.
- If you’re taking food on the plane, place it in a clear plastic bag and then into a scanning bin. This lessens the likelihood that a TSA employee will need to touch your carry-on bag or food container for closer inspection.