The TSA has relaxed its liquid ban to allow up passengers to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer through security checkpoints, rather than the 3.4 ounces they typically permit. I’ve been calling for the TSA to do this.
Of course the larger limit for hand sanitizer calls into question why other liquids remain limited.
.@TSA now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 oz in carry-on bags until further notice. Expect these containers larger than the standard of 3.4 oz of liquids will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to checkpoint screening.
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) March 13, 2020
TSA is known to take confiscated liquids – that they presumably consider dangerous – and dump them in bins beside security checkpoints rather than removing them using hazardous materials protocols. And the TSA itself has admitted that there has been no active threat against U.S. commercial aviation in many years. However several TSA screeners have tested positive for coronavirus.
Passengers are still expected to queue close to each other. There’s no social distancing at a TSA checkpoint. Screeners don’t change their gloves often enough. You may be able to ask them to, but that’s usually for seccondary screenings you gete and not for document checkers, or employees touching your bags prior to rummaging through them. TSA bins themselves are likely more diseased than the monkey from Outbreak.