On Thursday, May 7th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced employees must wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints. Protective eyewear remains voluntary by TSA personnel who are serving in an active screening position.
Passengers are encouraged to wear facial protection and individuals may be asked to momentarily lower their facial covering for identity verification purposes, or if screening equipment alarms on it.
Social Distancing at the Checkpoint
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) have coordinated social distancing carpet tiles at the Security Screen Checkpoint. If air travel is necessary, please adhere to these critical safety measures.
- TSA is requesting passengers keep wallets, keys, and cellphones in their carry-on bags for screening and do not place them in a grey bin.
- TSA is permitting passengers to wear medical masks during security screening. However, please remove the mask when you arrive at the checkpoint until the TSA officer has verified your identity.
- TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.
The Transportation Security Administration Checkpoint will open daily at 4:15 a.m.
For more information about the TSA response to COVID-19 pandemic and other adjustments at security screening checkpoints, please visit tsa.gov/coronavirus.