Although the terminal was quiet, the security checkpoint waiting time showed 30 to 45 minutes since both north and south checkpoints were closed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Health guidelines say that staying at least 6 feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. (Hyosub Shin /

Third TSA screener at Hartsfield-Jackson tests positive for coronavirus

A third security screener at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Transportation Security Administration officer last worked at the Atlanta airport on March 9, on a shift from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the main checkpoint 

The officer received positive test results for the virus on March 23.

Two TSA screeners at the Atlanta airport earlier this month tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Dozens across the country have tested positive.

Hartsfield-Jackson has closed some security checkpoints as TSA staffing declines, amid a sharp drop in air travel as Americans stay home. The main security checkpoint is closed from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. The airport has also shut down some moving sidewalks and escalators.

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden said Wednesday there has been an 85% decline in passenger traffic.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.