TSA and travelers respond to RSW TSA agent testing positive for COVID 19

Posted at 12:13 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 00:23:48-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Around this time, RSW Airport is usually packed with people but today, it's a ghost town. It's business as usual despite the lack of travelers. Just yesterday news broke that a TSA agent tested positive for Covid - 19.

According to TSA the agent worked at checkpoint D, and their last day was April 1st. I reached out to TSA for a response and they replied.

“TSA has issued guidance to frontline employees to conduct routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the TSA security checkpoint. TSA will continue to follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will continue to work with government and industry partners to contain the spread of the virus”, said Sari Koshetz, spokesperson with TSA.

Across the country 339 TSA employees have tested positive for Coronavirus, 17 have recovered, and 2 have died. One passenger today at RSW says this is news to him.

“I'm a little surprised that it didn’t happen more in the airline industry sooner, and on a much larger scale”, said Tom Dillion.

He says he and his family are not afraid.

“My wife packed infection controlled packages, we’ve got wipes, we’ve got sanitizer, we’ve got masks we’ve got everything”, said Dillon.

He says he has noticed TSA has made some changes in security lines.

“More of the workers have masks they are wearing gloves and they have marked off on the ground distances for people to stand”, said Dillon.

He hopes RSW will continue to take the necessary precautions to protect travelers and workers.

“What I would hope they would do is keep the distancing that we see in grocery stores, in Walmart and those kinds of things, and if there were to be lines at the security lines, make it so they are distant.” said Dillon.