On Sunday, January 31st, the Transportation Security Administration issued this press release:
The press release and other useful information is available at https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
Travelers are reminded to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance as well as local and state advisories regarding COVID-19. Starting February 2, 2021, all airline travelers must wear a face mask throughout the travel experience. You will be asked to adjust your mask for ID verification or if it alarms the security screening equipment.
Travelers are also encouraged to:
- Maintain a social distance of six feet wherever possible while at the checkpoint.
- Remove belts and all personal items from your pockets such as wallets, keys or phones before you enter the checkpoint queue and place them in your carry-on bag. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck® members.)
- Remove food items from carry-on bags and place in bin for screening. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck® members.)
- Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly, including directly before and after completing the security screening process. If it is not possible to wash your hands, please use hand sanitizer.
- Arrive at the airport early to allow adequate time for checking bags, completing security screening and getting to the departure gate. COVID-19 has affected staffing and operations across the airport environment, potentially adding time to your pre-flight experience.