So far, a total of 55 TSA employees at Hartsfield-Jackson have tested positive for COVID-19.
Some other airports located in hot spots around the country have had more cases among the TSA workforce, including New York’s John F. Kennedy International with 117 cases, Newark Liberty with 69 cases, Miami International with 95 cases and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International with 60 cases.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske traveled to Atlanta last week and held a town hall meeting with employees. “Please do everything that you can to protect yourself,” he told them, “as you are a critical link to protecting fellow employees and passengers.”
He encouraged employees to practice social distancing and to take other precautions on duty and off duty, saying: “We need to do everything we can to prevent further spread.”
TSA says it has installed plastic barriers at the checkpoint and has increased cleaning of bins, checkpoint surfaces and equipment. Officers wear masks and change gloves after each pat-down.