TSA Just Made Some Major Changes to Its Rules Due to Coronavirus


In an effort to help travelers keep healthy on the move as the coronavirus pandemic continues, TSA has relaxed one of its main rules regarding carry-on liquids.  

a group of people standing in front of a store: TSA Just Made Some Major Changes to Its Rules Due to Coronavirus

The agency is now allowing passengers to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags, up from the usual 3.4-ounce allowance. These will be screened separately. Other liquids, gels, and aerosols will still be limited to 3.4 ounces, or 100 milliliters, carried in a quart-size bag.

The ID rules have also been changed. Travelers can now use a state driver’s license that expired after March 1, 2020, if they haven’t been able to renew it at their local license agency. “TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses a year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency,” the site states.

TSA has also posted a live map of the United States tracking confirmed cases of coronavirus among its employees. At the time of writing, TSA officers have tested positive for COVID-19 at five airports:

  • Cleveland Hopkins
  • Orlando
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • San Jose

Each airport had one case, except for San Jose, which had seen four cases since February 21. The site also lists their last day at work.

AFAR agrees that the most responsible thing to do right now is to stay where we are and avoid nonessential travel (while dreaming of future trips), but if you have to take a journey in the coming weeks, some of these recent pieces may help:

  • The U.S. Ban on Travel Now Includes Europe, the U.K. and Ireland—What You Need To Know
  • What Airlines Are Doing to Prove Their Planes Are (Extra) Clean
  • Need to Cancel or Change Your Travel Plans? Here’s What You Need to Know

The CDC also has more advice for traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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