TPA ups safety precautions as it prepares for more passengers


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The Tampa International Airport is one of the Crown Jewels of Tampa. It’s a major international travel hub that connects our city to some of the most sought after economic hubs in the world, as well as some of the most exquisite travel destinations across the globe. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic many have opted not to travel. Many tips made have been to send essential workers to cities most in need.

Employees required to wear masks

New protocol requires all employees including concessionaires and airline workers who work in public-facing spaces to wear masks. Passengers are also encouraged to wear one, too, as many airlines now require them to board.

TPA reports that daily passenger numbers have reached or exceeded 6,000, up from the average daily traffic of 2,500 to 3,000 in early April.

“As we start to see passengers returning to the airport, we want to ensure we have most or all of our new safety measures as COVID-19 continues to be an active concern in our communities,” TPA Director of Operations Adam Bouchard said in release on TPA’s website. “We are closely monitoring CDC and state guidance in how we can best protect our employees and guests, and we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to disease prevention, cleanliness and hygiene.”

New guidelines for passengers

The airport has released several guidelines that passengers are encouraged to follow going forward:

  • Departing passengers should plan to arrive two hours before flights depart to avoid last-minute rush and crowding of shuttles and lines, as well as giving ample time for TSA screening.
  • If picking up arriving passengers, please use the Cell Phone Lot or wait in the Short Term Garage, as only ticketed passengers are allowed in the Main Terminal or facilities unless assisting someone in need.
  • All passengers should wear a mask while traveling through TPA.

For more tips on how to prevent the spread of germs while traveling, check out the CDC’s latest guidance for coronavirus and traveling in the U.S.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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