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Airport security screeners will be wearing face covering

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Posted at 6:51 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:53:23-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Just as nearly all airlines are now requiring their employees and passengers to wear face coverings, so must the security screeners at airports.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Thursday told its employees that facial protection is a requirement at security checkpoints.

The TSA says it's an additional measure to help minimize spread of COVID-19 and help raise the overall health and safety level inside airports, including Indianapolis International..

Wearing protective eyewear remains voluntary by TSA personnel who are serving in an active screening position.

“TSA is making this change to protect our employees and travelers as social distancing cannot always be maintained in the screening process.” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

The major airlines are phasing in mask requirement for passengers. The TSA is recommending that travelers wear those masks when going through security.