Travel still isn't recommended due to the pandemic. But if you have to board a plane, the TSA is offering these tips.
- Birds are chirping. Ice is melting. Spring is here, and for many of us, so is the urge to travel. But the CDC wants us to pump the brakes.
ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Every time that there is a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country.
- Any exposure to COVID for 40 days?
- The agency wants to see more of us vaccinated before we jump on board. And despite the Biden administration urging people to stay home just a little bit longer--
ANTHONY FAUCI: We want people to have a good time on spring break, but don't put your guard down completely.
- TSA is reporting a continued surge, about a million passengers or more each day in March. And it's now offering some advice to travel safely.
LISA FARBSTEIN: I think the best advice is broad, and that is reducing touchpoints.
- Tip one, take stuff out of your pockets ahead of time.
LISA FARBSTEIN: Instead of putting them in the bin, put them directly into your carry on bag, because that reduces touch points between your belongings and the bin.
- TSA also recommends packing an extra mask.
LISA FARBSTEIN: So bring that extra one in case the elastic snaps. So that way, you have something, but also, in case it becomes soiled or if you lose it.
- Bringing hand sanitizer and wipes.
LISA FARBSTEIN: We're allowing people to bring up to one 12 ounce container of hand sanitizer with them through a checkpoint.
- Checking ahead of time to see what's allowed, so a TSA agent doesn't have to rummage through your bag.
LISA FARBSTEIN: We have an app for that called My TSA. Can I bring?
- And packing food in a clear, plastic bag. TSA's guidance acknowledges a reality. Many Americans are ignoring the CBC's plea.
ROCHELLE WALENSKY: We are really trying to restrain travel at this period of time.
- Industry group Airlines for America insists that flying on a plane is as safe, if not safer, than grocery shopping or going to a restaurant. The CDC saying, it may change its guidance soon, but not yet.
ROCHELLE WALENSKY: And we're hopeful that our next set of guidance will have more science around what vaccinated people can do, perhaps, travel being among them.
- Laura Magarino, Newsy, Chicago.