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TSA Lends Helping Hand to Airport Employees Impacted by Coronavirus



coronavirus.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Transportation Security Administration officers in Wisconsin are stepping up to help airport workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Agents at Green Bay–Austin Straubel International Airport have launched a new program dubbed “TSA Gives Back” that provides free lunches for airport workers who have seen their paychecks reduced.

While the TSA Gives Back program is voluntary, the vast majority of officers contributed money to cover the cost of providing meals for around 90 airport employees who have seen their pay shrink as a result of the reduced number of travelers.

Airline employees from American, Delta and United, as well as workers at rental car locations inside the facility, were provided lunches by the TSA, including pizza, salads, garlic bread, chocolate cake, soda and cookies.

TSA agents working at Green Bay–Austin Straubel International wanted to give back to other employees at the airport after they had previously supported the TSA when officers worked without paychecks during the government furlough in 2019.

TSA Manager Tim Marien said airline and car rental employees were “surprised and grateful for the support.” The agency also acknowledged it followed proper social distancing while delivering the meals.

The employees are seeing their hours and salaries cut as the TSA announced the number of people traveling by plane hit a 10-year low.

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Survey Highlights Coronavirus Changes Airline Passengers Want



A recent survey of business and leisure airline passengers highlighted the guidelines and health-related equipment travelers are looking for when boarding a plane during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

According to information from Honeywell, around 72 percent were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in an airport, which only saw 28 percent of respondents voice the most concern.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents also cited social distancing as their top priority during travel, while about half of those surveyed cited air quality (51 percent) and personal protective equipment such as masks (47 percent) as top priorities.

“This survey demonstrates that passengers want high-tech solutions to best validate the entire travel experience as it relates to health and safety,” Honeywell vice president Kevin Suits said in a statement. “Honeywell offers a variety of relevant solutions today that we can bring forward to support travelers.

“We continue to speak with airline executives and transportation leaders about the types of new products and services that would support their efforts to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft,” Suits continued. “We are quickly bringing to market new offerings that would be a win-win for our industry and all of us who love to fly.”

In terms of in-flight amenities most-desired by passengers, masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes top the list. Travelers also revealed that cleanliness validation via technology was by far (60 percent) the most important way to provide confidence.

A portion of surveyed passengers also thinks that providing cleaning supplies directly to the passenger would help ensure confidence in the cleanliness of the cabin.

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