Even as fewer people are traveling by airplane amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is doing its part and relaxing several rules for the passengers who are still flying. The agency announced this week that it would begin accepting expired driver's licenses for domestic flights for a year after the expiration date thanks to the disruptions created by COVID-19.
"If your driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint," the TSA's website now reads. "TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer."
The TSA was also supposed to begin enforcing new rules created by the REAL ID act, which would have required airline passengers to have identification that met minimum security standards. The agency was suppose to begin enforcing the new ID rules on Oct. 1, however, the Department of Homeland Security has recommended that requirement be delayed amid the ongoing crisis.
"The Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security Lou Correa (D-CA), called on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to delay the October 1, 2020, REAL ID Act implementation deadline," a press release from the Department stated on March 16.
The TSA also announced this week that it would relax the limit on hand sanitizer. People will now be allowed to carry one 12-ounce of liquid hand sanitizer, instead of the previous 3.4-ounce limit.