The TSA was Already a Mess, Social Distancing is Making Matters Even Worse
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Air travel has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus, with traffic volume down 90 percent or more at U.S. airports. But as lockdowns begin to ease, some people are taking to the skies once more.
If they can get passed the TSA security checkpoints, which are now checking travelers’ health as well as their luggage. The new rules ticketholders include:
…fliers not hand boarding passes to TSA officers. Passengers will now be asked to scan their own boarding passes—both paper and electronic—instead of giving them to the TSA officer before security. After scanning, passengers should hold up their boarding pass so the TSA officer can visually inspect it.
Passengers are also being asked to place any food from their carry-on bags into clear plastic bags and to place those bags into their own bins to go through the X-ray machine. “Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process,” a TSA release says. “Separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection.” (TSA PreCheck members, however, are exempt from this requirement.)
Inconveniences? Sure. But couple them with social distancing requirements, scaled-back TSA staffing, and few open security positions?
The results are predictable – there will be chaos, including, but not limited to, long lines, missed flights, short tempers, and no social distancing.
It happened the Charlotte airport over the Memorial Day weekend
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