Orlando Airport Mandates Additional PPE For TSA Officers

Jul 1, 2020
Jet taking off

TSA officers will be required to wear additional personal protection equipment at Orlando International Airport checkpoints starting Wednesday.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The Transportation Security Administration withheld N95 masks from staff and exhibited "gross mismanagement" in its response to the coronavirus crisis – leaving employees and travelers vulnerable during the most urgent days of the pandemic, a senior TSA official alleges in a new whistleblower complaint.

aerial view of Orlando airport
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