In these times of vast uncertainty, the TSA, like everyplace else, is making changes on what seems like an ongoing basis.
Late last week the agency made temporary changes in regards to liquids that could be brought into your carry on bag. And now they’ve updated their rules on what I.D. can be used at the TSA security checkpoints, as well as listing TSA workers who have tested positive.
As posted on this page of TSA’s website:
Travelers with a state driver’s license that expired beginning on March 1, 2020, and who are not able to renew at their state driver’s license agency may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. 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.
This, of course, makes perfect sense. We’re being cautioned to practice social distancing and to not go where people congregate. We all know that many DMV offices are famous for making people take a number and wait. So to be allowed to use an expired driver’s license will be helpful for some people. Whether or not that expired driver’s license is OK for driving? I don’t know and probably varies from state to state 😉
Meanwhile, as more and more (albeit not enough) people are being tested, more and more people are coming up as positive – including TSA officers.
The TSA is now posting a map and list of the airports where TSA officers who have tested positive were working before their respective diagnoses. It includes their position within TSA, the last day they worked, where within the respective airports they worked, as well as what shift. Here’s what it looked like as of the evening of Sunday, March 15th:
It can be found on the same page of the TSA’s website as the one that tells about the updates to what I.D. passengers can use.
Knowing that the TSA officer you potentially interacted with at close range has been diagnosed is scary, but in an effort to know where passengers’ own illnesses have come from, this could be helpful.
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