When can you travel after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
But for those who are waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccine, when is a good time to take that trip to paradise? Millions of people have been vaccinated in the United States, but there is still a long way to go until a majority of the country is fully vaccinated. The CDC still recommends that travel should only be something you do if it’s absolutely necessary, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Now the question remains: What should you do once you are fully vaccinated? If you’re fully vaccinated and decide to travel, the CDC recommends you take all of the same steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 that an unvaccinated person would.
TSA enforcing face masks for all public transportation passengers until May
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a new policy regarding the use of face masks. Starting Tuesday all travelers are required to wear face masks while in airports, bus and rail stations, as well as while on passenger aircraft, public transportation, passenger railroads, and over-the-road buses operating on scheduled fixed-routes. The requirement is expected to remain in effect until May 11, according to TSA officials. “TSA will fully comply with the President’s Executive Orders, CDC guidance and the DHS National Emergency determination to ensure healthy and secure travel across all transportation sectors. AdVisit TSA.gov for more information about face mask requirements.
Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights
Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. Delta Air Lines was the first to announce Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to Washington-area airports and was soon followed by United, Alaska and American. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting Saturday through next Thursday. Price also said that it is “a good idea” to prohibit passengers from putting guns in checked bags if they are flying to Washington. Federal law allows passengers to put guns in checked baggage if they are unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided case, although airlines have the discretion to ban guns.
Do you have a star on the top of your drivers license? You now have until October 2021 to get it
Do you have a star on the top of your drivers license? ... States require a 12-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is (now) October 1, 2021." To recap: Starting Oct. 1, 2021, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant drivers license, state-issued enhanced drivers license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the U.S. For information by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click or tap on your state on the map. Read more: REAL ID FAQs
TSA shows how many people are flying right now, and what you should expect while traveling
According to Transportation Security Administration data, in March, the number of fliers was already significantly lower than the year before. According to TSA, this week, airports recorded the highest number of travelers since the coronavirus pandemic began. On Tuesday, the administration showed there were 441,255 travelers at airports in the U.S., compared to June 7, 2019, at 2,225,952 travelers. Passengers are encouraged to wear facial protection, and all TSA agents at security will be wearing facial coverings. Tell us how you feel about air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic in the comment section below.
TSA stopped a traveler after finding a toilet-paper 'gun' in his bag
John Moore/Getty Images(CNN) - TSA agents at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were prepared to give a traveler crap when they spotted a revolver in his carry-on bag. But upon closer inspection, what they thought was a gun was really a gun-shaped toilet paper holder. "Yes, this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets," TSA joked in a press release on Thursday. "It was designed to spin toilet paper." The "realistic replica gun" triggered an alarm when the bag it was in went through an X-ray machine.
TSA trauma for transgender travelers
Still, he recalls one instance a few years ago in which TSA agents waved the phallus in the air in plain view of other travelers. When asked whether TSA agents asking passengers to show their genitals was against protocol, Burke relayed, "TSA does not conduct strip searches." According to Burke, TSA agents also undergo official sensitivity training as part of their annual requirement. The TSA said in April it is exploring updating the body scanners to help streamline security for all travelers. The TSA offers some information for transgender travelers on its website, including a note saying the agency is committed to ensuring transgender travelers are met with courtesy and respect.
Why Are There So Many Bags of Cheetos in This Woman's Carry-On?
Why are there so many Cheetos in this woman's carry-on bag? TSA agents assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport unpacked bag after bag of Cheetos from social media influencer Emily Mei. Perplexed by the sheer volume of snacks, they even swabbed the packages, apparently convinced something was afoot. But Mei says she's just a huge fan of Cheetos and they are hard to get in South Korea. Even though she's an influencer, Mei says that she's not being paid for any kind of Cheetos endorsement.
TSA bans Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge 'thermal detonator' Coke bottles
Disney and Coca Cola partnered to make these specialty soda cans for the new Star Wars land. (CNN) - To commemorate your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you can bring home a $200 lightsaber, a Chewbacca backpack, or a puppet Porg. The bottles, which are for sale exclusively inside Star Wars lands in Anaheim and Orlando, are shaped like small orbs that resemble either a droid or a thermal detonator, depending on your point of view. Scott Trowbridge, the lead Imagineer on the Galaxy's Edge project, said the design of the bottle looked "cool, kind of thermal detonator-ish" on a panel earlier this year. At $5.49, the bottles are one of the cheapest souvenirs available at Galaxy's Edge -- and popular: Disney has limited guests to three bottles per transaction to prevent hoarding.
Strange TSA finds
Movie prop at HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport: TSA agents said this is definitely one of the more unusual things they've handled. It's a prop from the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" series and was allowed through after a successful trip through the X-ray. He even had his own ticket for a seat! Hide Caption
Traveler in wheelchair says she was 'humiliated' at TSA checkpoint
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - She came to Nashville just for a doctor's visit, but when she left she said she was humiliated by TSA agents at Nashville International Airport. She says she was leaving Nashville after a doctor visit when she was at the TSA checkpoint at BNA on July 3. It was there that Coulston says an agent explained they needed to inspect her wheelchair seat cushion before letting her through, in addition to her typical pat-down. The incident was caught on camera, and she said that kind of experience has never happened to her before at a TSA checkpoint. Two years ago, police in Knoxville arrested a man after TSA agents found a handgun hidden inside his wheelchair seat cushion at a TSA Checkpoint.
Toddler injured after ride down airport baggage conveyor belt
(CNN) - A toddler was injured after he climbed onto a baggage conveyor belt behind a ticket counter at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport and rode it all the way to the TSA bag room, authorities said. The boy had climbed onto the conveyor belt and was taken back to the TSA bag room, where agents saw him and stopped the belt. Vega said she was told her son was on the belt for about five minutes. "He just went a long ride away, I couldn't even catch up," Vega told CNN affiliate WSB. "The child was able to access a back baggage area via a bag belt and sustained some injuries.
"Clear" lets flyers skip airport lines with iris scans, fingerprints
The TSA has taken steps to relieve the long waits at its checkpoints, including hiring more screeners. But a concierge service is helping some flyers skip the line altogether. Kris Van Cleave reports from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.cbsnews.com
New efforts to bolster TSA security
More than 2.5 million people are expected to fly this Memorial Day holiday weekend. With the recent problems with TSA screeners, new efforts are being made to get passengers through security as quickly as possible. Kris Van Cleave reports from Dulles International Airport outside Washington.cbsnews.com
Memorial Day travelers put TSA to the test
After weeks of public scrutiny, the TSA is facing a big test this Memorial Day weekend with millions more travelers flooding the nation's airports. The agency has come under fire for long lines and delays in its security screening process. Dean Reynolds has more.cbsnews.com
New screening technology at Atlanta's airport may help ease lines
As Congress puts pressure on the TSA to ease long lines in airports across the nation, new screening technology is being tested out at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. CBS News correspondent David Begnaud has the details.cbsnews.com
DHS secretary on TSA delays: We're not going to compromise aviation security
This Memorial Day weekend, an estimated 2.6 million people are expected to travel by air. The TSA is racing to add hundreds of workers to brace for the influx of passengers, but relief may not come fast enough. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what he is doing to address TSA security delays, the EgyptAir flight 804 investigation and why his name is spelled Jeh, not Jay.cbsnews.com
New screening tech at Atlanta airport may help ease lines
Memorial Day weekend travel is underway, and one innovation in Atlanta could help the TSA solve its problem with long security lines. The experiment involves new conveyor belts and larger bins. David Begnaud reports from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.cbsnews.com
TSA scrambles as Memorial Day weekend begins
About 2.5 million people are expected to travel by air this Memorial Day weekend, in what will be a major test for the TSA. Long screening lines have plagued airports across the country, leading to a sharp rise in frustration. Kris Van Cleave reports.cbsnews.com
Airlines and airports take on TSA for endless lines
Executives from airlines and airports took their TSA frustrations to Capitol Hill Thursday. An American Airlines representative told the hearing that more than 70,000 of their customers have missed flights due to excessive security wait times. Kris Van Cleave has more.cbsnews.com