UNITED STATES – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased the size of hand sanitizer bottles allowed through security and onto planes, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country.
The TSA recently announced the change on their website, part of the agency’s continual adjustments to security operations during the global pandemic.
“TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice,” the TSA said in a press release. “Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.”
The TSA also reminded passengers the increased size allowance only includes hand sanitizer.
“Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brough to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-sized bag,”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have maintained that wearing face masks properly, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene – either by washing your hands or using sanitizer- help stop the spread of COVID-19.
SaniGo, a veteran-owned small business, which produces a 75% isopropyl alcohol-based sanitizer in Indianapolis, IN., said they were pleased to see an increased access to hand sanitizer in any situation where germs could potentially be spread to others. The company currently offers USA made hand sanitizer in several sizes to consumers, including a 2oz., TSA-friendly bottle.
“Here at SaniGo we want to see sanitizer, which studies have shown helps stop the spread of Coronavirus, in as many places as possible,” SaniGo Business Development manager Jordan Mendenhall said. “We would also encourage those traveling to carry their own personal hand sanitizer, to help additionally reduce their risk of infection. The TSA’s recent rule change will just increase the use of hand sanitizer in high traffic areas.”
As of Sept. 11, 192,000 Americans had died from COVID-19, with positive cases reaching more than 6.42 million. For more information about the TSA’s response to COVID-19, visit their website.