My Experiences of Passing Through Airport Security Checkpoints During a Pandemic

When I arrived at the airport to travel from Atlanta to Denver as a passenger on an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines for my first flight since the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic began, I had to first go through the security checkpoint like every other passenger — but how different will the process be from what I expected in the past?

The queue seemed to be really long when I arrived at the main security checkpoint — but then…

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Updated Security Procedures Announced From Transportation Security Administration May 2020

Five changes to the process and procedures pertaining to security across the United States were announced from the Transportation Security Administration through this official press release earlier today, Thursday, May 21, 2020 as a result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — and those changes are expected to be completely implemented at the security checkpoints of all airports throughout the country by the middle of June of 2020.

The main purpose of the aforementioned changes is to limit physical contact while simultaneously increasing physical distance between people as much as possible in order to reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoints of airports as part of an overall effort to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — and the implementation of these changes is already underway, as the Transportation Security Administration has reported experiencing a steady growth of travelers coming through airport checkpoints within the month of May of 2020.

As a result of the five changes to the process and procedures being implemented at security checkpoints at airports throughout the United States, you should expect to…

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TSA Agents Immune From Being Sued Regarding Allegations of Abuse

When Nadine Pellegrino was arrested in 2006 after a physical confrontation with agents of the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport, she probably had no idea that the outcome of her situation would result in a divided panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruling on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 that agents of the Transportation Security Administration who operate security checkpoints at airports nationwide cannot be sued over allegations of abuse by passengers.

Pellegrino and her husband Harry Waldman were on their way traveling home to Florida with…

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Powders to Be Further Restricted By Transportation Security Administration on International Flights To the United States

If you are traveling on an international flight to the United States and are carrying a “powder-like substance” in a container which is at least 12 ounces, you will be required to place it in checked baggage effective as of Saturday, June 30, 2018, as you may experience a more extensive screening process; and you should prepare for additional screening of your property and personal electronic devices.

This new restriction may be considered…

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Stricter Security Procedures to Be Expanded Domestically in the United States

Stricter security measures for items carried aboard airplanes are expected to be eventually expanded to all airports throughout the United States by the Transportation Security Administration through which travelers in standard lanes at airport security checkpoints will be required to place all electronics larger than a mobile telephone in bins — with nothing over or underneath them — for screening.

In standard screening lanes…

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Cash Stolen From Passenger By Transportation Security Administration Agent?

“Whether I’ll proactively remove my wallet from my pocket is another matter. It’s absurd that one would ever be forced to part with one’s money. There are airports in the world where I wouldn’t trust all the contents to reemerge. And putting them in a locked bag pocket isn’t much help, since there are agents who have a problem with my keeping my eye on my bag at all times.”

Seth — who is a reader of The Gate — posted this comment in response to this article pertaining to…

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Imagine Airport Security Being Like This One Day…

You arrive at the security checkpoint at an airport, and food, liquids and paper are all screened separately. You must remove your shoes and all metal objects prior to being screened. You are not permitted to take any electronic equipment — including cameras — aboard an airplane, as those items must be checked. You will have to wait in a long line when you reach immigration and passport control at your destination and pay a minimum of $160.00 for your visa.

Yes, some portions of the scenario you just read do exist today and can…

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Loaded Handgun Passed Through Airport Security Checkpoint; Agent Fired

A woman was fired from her job as an agent for the Transportation Security Administration at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area after she missed a loaded .38-caliber handgun which was in the possession of a female passenger from Alabama and passed through the airport security checkpoint on…

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