The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US has completed the installation of new acrylic barriers at Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon.
The move is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to restrict the spread of Covid-19 among travellers and airport staff as the US continues to report more than 40,000 cases every day.
Overall, eight protective barriers were installed at the airport in locations where TSA officers typically interact with passengers.
It includes security checkpoints, travel document checking points and the divesting area.
TSA Federal Security Director for Oregon Stephen Taber said: “TSA continues to make changes to the security checkpoint environment nationally and locally to reduce potential exposure among travellers and our employees.
“These barriers have proven to be an effective addition to the infrastructure of the checkpoint without comprising security.”
Notably, TSA awarded a contract to Lavi Industries of Valencia in August for 1,230 acrylic barriers. These protective barriers will be installed at 37 priority airports across the country.
Last month, the agency deployed acrylic barriers at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
TSA has also launched its ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.’ campaign to guide passengers with airport checkpoint modifications and procedures implemented to contain Covid-19.
It includes social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment by TSA officers, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting at security checkpoints.
As of 15 October, the US has reported a total of 7.9 million Covid-19 cases. The death toll has crossed 216,800.