POSTED: December 31, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Farbstein, TSA Public Affairs, Lisa.Farbstein@tsa.dhs.gov, 202-695-6742
TSA has installed new acrylic shields at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport to help protect passengers and workforce from coronavirus
Avoca, PA – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new acrylic shields at the security checkpoint at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to implement initiatives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The protective barriers have been installed in areas where TSA officers typically interact with passengers. This includes the travel document checking podiums, the divesting areas where travelers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening and the property search areas.
“The installation of these shields is just one of many initiatives that TSA has put in place with the goal of reducing the likelihood of cross contamination among travelers and employees who are flying out of the airport,” said Michael Kichline, TSA’s Assistant Federal Security Director for the airport. “The shields provide an additional layer of protection to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”
TSA continues to promote its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign designed to advise travelers of airport checkpoint modifications and procedures designed to contain the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, reduced physical contact between travelers and TSA officers during the screening process, use of personal protective equipment by TSA officers, and extra cleaning and disinfecting in the security checkpoint. 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. For more information about the TSA response to COVID-19, please visit www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses an intelligence-based approach and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.
Photo used in graphic is courtesy of TSA.