Lawyer: TSA makes changes after whistleblower’s complaint

Changes include requiring screeners to change or sanitize gloves and wear face shields or use barriers.


National News

July 9, 2020 - 9:53 AM

TSA workers process passengers at Orlando International Airport on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

The Transportation Security Administration has improved coronavirus protection for airport screeners after a TSA official accused the agency of endangering travelers, the whistleblower’s lawyer said Wednesday.

The changes include requiring screeners to change or sanitize gloves after every time they pat down a passenger, and to wear face shields around travelers if there aren’t plastic barriers between them and the public.

Jay Brainard, the top TSA official in Kansas, complained last month to a federal whistleblower-protection office that TSA didn’t train staff for the virus pandemic and barred supervisors from giving screeners stockpiled N95 respirators in March when facial coverings such as surgical masks were hard to buy. 

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