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TPA tips: How to practice social distancing while traveling

While many have opted not to travel during a global pandemic, TPA remains operational for those whose flights must go on. Here are some tips you should take with you on that next flight to help limit your chances of getting sick.

1. Keep a six-foot distance: When possible, try to keep a distance of at least two meters between yourself and others. TPA has numerous seating areas throughout the Main Terminal and Airsides.

2. Follow the CDC's recommendations including:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol

3. Keep your hands clean and away from your face: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as often as possible. TPA has doubled the amount of hand sanitizing stations throughout the Airport as well as proper hand-washing signage in all of the restrooms. Remember to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. 

4. Fly with your supplies: If you're going through TSA you are permitted to have the following items:

  • hand sanitizer
  • disinfecting wipes
  • face masks
  • and remember, you can ask TSA officers to change gloves 

5. Wipe it down: For extra precautions, use disinfecting wipes to swipe over most commonly-touched areas on your plane, including armrests, tray tables, window covers and other high-touch surfaces.

6. Clean your devices: Cell phones can carry tons of germs, and those germs can live on your devices for a number of hours! Don't forget to sanitize your phone, and while traveling, you can even place your phone in a plastic bag through TSA screening for an additional layer of protection. 

7. Avoid contact with those who are sick: Although the CDC has deemed airplanes to be at low risk of contracting COVID-19, try to avoid contact with passengers who are or appear to be ill.