Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York has installed new acrylic barriers at security checkpoints throughout the airport to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The protective barriers have been installed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in areas where TSA officers typically interact with travellers.

This includes the divesting areas where passengers prepare their carry-on property for X-ray screening, the property search areas and travel document checking podiums.

TSA Upstate New York federal security director Bart Johnson said: “Buffalo Niagara International was the first airport in Upstate New York to receive the protective shields. They will continue to be installed at Upstate New York airports into the spring.

“The installation of these barriers is just one of many initiatives that TSA has put in place with the goal of reducing the likelihood of cross-contamination among travellers and employees. These shields provide an additional layer of protection to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”

TSA said that it is still promoting its ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure’ campaign designed to advise passengers about airport checkpoint modifications and procedures created to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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The agency is also ensuring social distancing, reduced physical contact between travellers and TSA officers during the process of screening, as well as extra cleaning and disinfecting in the security checkpoints.

TSA officers are also using personal protective equipment.

This week, TSA at South Bend International Airport (SBN) in Indiana deployed a credential authentication technology (CAT) unit that authenticates the validity of travellers’ identification (ID), along with their flight information, in near real time.

If a CAT unit is in use, passengers at the travel document checking station can be asked to insert or scan their photo identification on their own.

Through a secure internet connection, the CAT unit will verify whether an individual is ticketed for travel that day.