02
June
2020
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17:37 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

TPA Ready Update: 5 ways to go touchless at TPA

Passenger traffic continues to slowly rise at TPA and airports across the nation, and several of those airports now have readiness plans in place to keep people distanced, keep employees masked and keep the facilities sanitized to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, traveler behavior still remains the most important factor in reducing germs at airports and aircraft, and following basic CDC guidelines can go a long way in staying healthy. Health experts recommend washing or sanitizing hands frequently and avoiding hand-to-hand contact with others as you move through public spaces. Here are five suggestions to help you go touchless at TPA:

Download your boarding pass on your cell phone. Most airlines offer mobile boarding passes, eliminating the need to print passes at kiosks or hand paper back and forth to agents, and you can use the mobile boarding pass at the shuttle e-gates, TSA checkpoint and airline boarding scanner.

Use carry-on luggage instead of checking bags. While sometimes checking bags is unavoidable, passengers should pack their items in carry-on luggage if they can, which eliminates the number of hands touching their bags and also allows them to bypass baggage claim areas, where larger groups tend to congregate in close-knit spaces.

Use credit cards and touchless payment whenever possible. All of TPA’s shops, restaurants and kiosks accept credits cards, and some allow you to swipe your card in front of sensors to pay without ever pressing a button. If you do have to exchange cards or cash with an employee, be sure to wash your or sanitize your hands immediately after.

Grab a paper towel before touching door handles in the restroom. The TPA restroom experience is largely touch-free, thanks to sensor-activated faucets and toilets. Experts recommend skipping the automated hand dryer to avoid germs blowing around inside the restroom, and instead, grab a paper towel to use while touching handles or drying your hands.

Bring your own water bottle. All TPA Airsides now have new water bottle filling stations, eliminating the need to purchase water or drinks after you get through the security checkpoints. Bring your own reusable bottle and stick it under the sensor-activated stream to get your refill.

Got any other touch-free travel tips? Comment below!

Comments 1 - 13 (13)
Thank you for your message.
Joshua Burchman
24
August
2020
How does flight crew not based on TPA with no same day boarding pass use the airside shuttle when not manned? (Jumpseating and listing for the flight at the gate)
Hollie Rudiak
13
June
2020
I am picking my son up from the airport can still get a gatepass
He is 12 years old
bill Galloway
10
June
2020
I noticed a sign the other day that said no one was allowed in terminal. I need to pick up my aged spouse soon and I need to know if I can go in and help her with bags or not Also If I cannot go in terminal can I park in the 7th floor of the short term parking and get someone to help her. Please advise thank you for your assistance in this matter
bob corley
12
June
2020
Yes just go and get your wife, wear a mask and short term parking is free if under an hour, Short Term Garage
Rate: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes $4; each additional 20 min. $2. don't Nickle and dime it, get there for your spouse
Deputy Malachi McCoy #4615 (retired Hillsborough County Sheriff)
08
June
2020
Just stay home and don't go outside again ;)
Tee
08
June
2020
Anybody knows Do I have to self-quarantine for 14 days if I depart from New York City, Because I have short time only 7 days to stay in FL before go back to New York City. Thank you
Louise Pignataro
11
June
2020
If I am traveling to Florida from New York staying 7 days, do I have to quarenteen for the duration of my stay.
bob Corley
12
June
2020
Deputy Malachi McCoy #4615 (retired Hillsborough County Sheriff) June 10, 2020
Just stay home and don't go outside again ;)
we don't want any blue state people coming to RED states, keep your Democrats ways in New York
Chris Bell
04
June
2020
What's happening with Starbucks at the Tampa airport? Some people are saying they are closed.
Steven Markovich
04
June
2020
Hi. The few parking levels that are open are now getting crowded. Maybe open the top levels for some fresh air and to allow us to better distance ourselves when loading / unloading.

Thanks
Imogene Bonds
04
June
2020
When are they going to open up the restaurants in the airport? Many people anxiously waiting to get their jobs back. My granddaughter is one of these people who has worked for 6 years at the restaurants.
Daniel g. McAuliffe
04
June
2020
Well done! Looks like you've toughed all the bases! Thanks.
R R Crawley
03
June
2020
Why are people of color in your management contacts?
Diane Stull
02
June
2020
It's good to have a paper towel or wipe to hold the bars on the trams from the Economy lot to the landslide and also in the trams to the airsides.
Tom Baureis
02
June
2020
Just moved from Tampa in October 2019. Loved that airport for the past 32 years. Clean, friendly. convenient and very easy access. Moved to Nashville and REALLY miss the TPA airport. Love flying in there. A big THANK YOU. Sometimes you take for granted what you have.
Ken
02
June
2020
Excellent job of keeping everyone safe. Hopefully everyone follows TPA’s directions.