Sat, Jun 15th, 2024


TSA Installs New Acrylic Shields to Help Protect Passengers and Employees

Are you planning to fly soon? Upcoming spring break plans perhaps? Well we’re proud to share that our terminal just got that much safer for both travelers and employees. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new acrylic shields at the security checkpoint at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport as part of the agency’s continued efforts to implement initiatives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The protective shields have been installed in areas where TSA officers typically interact with passengers. This includes the travel document checking podium, the divesting areas where travelers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening and the property search areas.

“We expect that the installation of these shields will help prevent cross contamination among travelers and the TSA workforce to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” said Bart R. Johnson, Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “The installation of these shields is just one of the many critical pandemic-related initiatives, along with social distancing in the passenger queue and sanitizing bins that TSA has undertaken,” he said.

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

The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is thrilled to partner with organizations like TSA that are going to great lengths to keep our travelers and our workforce safe. To learn more about what to expect when flying in and out of our airport, click here.

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