TSA installing 1,200 COVID-19 barriers at airports to protect screeners, passengers

The Transportation Security Administration is installing full-height plastic barriers at 37 airports nationwide to protect security screeners and passengers from the spread of coronavirus.

The agency completed installing them at San Diego International Airport on Thursday, and will install more than 1,200 by the time the project will be completed in early fall.

“As long as this virus remains a threat, TSA will continue to implement the measures necessary for containment, including acrylic barriers as well as technologies that reduce or eliminate physical contact,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a statement earlier this month.

The barriers are more substantial than the countertop shields that have been put in place at security checkpoints the past several months. They also supplement the use of gloves, face masks and disinfecting solutions.

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