TSA employees have tested positive for coronavirus. At least 500 Transportation Security Administration officers and employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, the agency said Wednesday.
The Transportation Security Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that has authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. The majority of those cases 435 are among the officers who screen passengers and handle baggage.
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The rest are among non-screening employees who do not typically interact with passengers. Nearly 40 percent of the cases 193 are at a trio of airports in the New York City area, which became a hot spot of the pandemic.
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The grim milestone comes as the agency begins to see a small but noticeable uptick in travelers at airports nationwide since plummeting to historic lows in early April. TSA has implemented procedures to increase social distancing and reduce direct contact between employees and the traveling public whenever possible, all without compromising security.
The agency is screening only about 5% of the passengers it handled on the same day last year, but that ratio has been increased slightly almost daily for the previous two weeks.