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TSA Just Made Some Major Changes to Its Rules Due to Coronavirus

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Larger volumes of hand sanitizer are now permitted on flights.

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Larger volumes of hand sanitizer are now permitted on flights.

You’re allowed more hand sanitizer. Be sure to pack it.

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For up-to-date information on traveling during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

In an effort to help travelers keep healthy on the move as the coronavirus pandemic continues, TSA has relaxed one of its main rules regarding carry-on liquids.  

The agency is now allowing passengers to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags, up from the usual 3.4-ounce allowance. These will be screened separately. Other liquids, gels, and aerosols will still be limited to 3.4 ounces, or 100 milliliters, carried in a quart-size bag.

The ID rules have also been changed. Travelers can now use a state driver’s license that expired after March 1, 2020, if they haven’t been able to renew it at their local license agency. “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,” the site states.

TSA has also posted a live map of the United States tracking confirmed cases of coronavirus among its employees. At the time of writing, TSA officers have tested positive for COVID-19 at five airports:

  • Cleveland Hopkins
  • Orlando
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • San Jose

Each airport had one case, except for San Jose, which had seen four cases since February 21. The site also lists their last day at work.

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AFAR agrees that the most responsible thing to do right now is to stay where we are and avoid nonessential travel (while dreaming of future trips), but if you have to take a journey in the coming weeks, some of these recent pieces may help:

The CDC also has more advice for traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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