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TSA Responds to Community’s Push for Information, and Additional Firefighter Testing Results

Post Date:03/12/2020 1:29 PM
Media Contact:
Rachel Davis, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, 408.535.4857, rachel.davis@sanjoseca.gov

 

In response to the collective push by officials from all levels of government, led by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Mayor Sam Liccardo, and County Board President Cindy Chavez—for transparency from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding infections of TSA employees with COVID-19, at the airport, the TSA released the following information to the Mayor’s Office and Mineta San Jose International Airport:

 

“TSA continues to monitor the situation involving three of our officers who work at Mineta San Jose International Airport and have recently tested positive for COVID-19. In an effort to be transparent to our stakeholders, below are specific details for your use.
Current TSA Standard Operating Procedures require frontline personnel to wear nitrile gloves when screening an individual or their property, which adds an additional layer of protection. Gloves are changed after contact with any passenger or their personal property. Any swabs utilized as part of a screening procedure (checkpoint and checked baggage) would not be reused for multiple passengers. Finally, TSA has authorized frontline personnel whose security screening tasks require them to routinely come into close contact with the traveling public to wear surgical masks if they choose to do so.
TSA continues to monitor the situation involving three of our officers who work at Mineta San Jose International Airport and have recently tested positive for COVID-19. In an effort to be transparent to our stakeholders, below are specific details for your use."

 

Position within TSA

Last day at work

Location

Shift

TSA Officer

February 21

Terminal B, checkpoint B

Performed screening duties to include Travel Document Checker; Divesting Officer, X-ray Operator; Body scanner and Walk-Through Metal Detector; performed pat-downs on passengers and carry-on luggage bag checks as needed.

PM shift 

TSA Officer

February 26

Terminal B, checkpoint B

Performed security screening duties to include Travel Document Checker; Divesting Officer, X-ray Operator; Body scanner and Walk-Through Metal Detector operator; performed pat-downs on passengers and carry-on luggage bag checks as needed.

PM shift 

TSA Officer

March 2

Terminal B, checkpoint B
Performed screening duties including “Travel Document Checker” and “Known Crew Member” access point”

PM shift

 
Additionally, the City has learned in recent hours that four (4) firefighters have now tested positive for COVID-19, and all of them have been in self- quarantine and on paid leave from work.  Additional information about the number of firefighters on leave will be forthcoming from the City Manager’s office.  
 
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