A second TSA screening agent at RSW tests positive for coronavirus at Checkpoint D

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FILE: Southwest Florida International Airport. (Credit: WINK News)

A second TSA screening officer at Southwest Florida International (RSW) has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the TSA website of confirmed agent cases, the agent’s last day at work was April 1, at Checkpoint D, which services American, JetBlue, and Spirit airlines. The work shift was 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Another TSA agent tested positive at the same checkpoint days earlier. That agent’s last day at work was only four days prior on March 28. The work shift was 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In the past 14 days across the nation, there are 46 screening officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, 4 non-screening employees who have relatively limited interaction with the traveling public, have tested positive for the virus over the same period. Overall, TSA has had 344 employees, both screeners and non-screeners, test positive for COVID-19. 17 employees have recovered, and 2 have succumbed to the virus.

The TSA website listed three other Florida airport employees who tested positive – two in Miami and one in Jacksonville.

According to TSA:

“TSA is working with the CDC and state and local health departments to monitor local situations as well as the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public. Impacted security checkpoints may close as needed, so you may be redirected to other security screening checkpoints at the airport. TSA officers remain dedicated to their mission to ensure that travelers can get to their destinations as safely and securely as possible.”

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