Travelers can expect more security checks at airports and train stations, and the TSA will be more aggressive in enforcing travel bans in some cities.
But some travel experts are concerned that the security measures might be too little too late.
The New York Times’ Adam Davidson recently published an article titled “Why the TSA is letting the leopard out of the bag” that suggested TSA agents are overreacting to the increasing threat posed by the Zika virus.
Davidson, an expert on the security of airports, points to the rise of the travel ban and other travel restrictions as evidence that the TSA needs to be more proactive to fight the Zika outbreak.
Davidson notes that the travel bans of the past few years have resulted in an increase in travelers who try to circumvent the security system and make their way to areas of higher risk.
In addition, he points out that travelers who have not yet had their travel stamped and are in the country illegally are more likely to attempt to cross the border into the United States than travelers who are already here.
Davidson argues that the DHS, which oversees the TSA, should not be taking steps to push for greater security measures at airports that have yet to be fully implemented.
The TSA has been doing everything it can to try to enforce travel bans.
The agency has deployed extra agents to the airports and trains stations, as well as trained some officers on how to spot potential threats and how to respond to them.
But this approach is not enough, Davidson argues.
A lot of the enforcement at airports is not even being enforced yet, because it is still unclear what the full extent of the threat is, according to a report released in January by the Government Accountability Office.
As the virus continues to spread, the GAO said, the number of cases in the U.S. has grown steadily since its peak in late March.
While there is no known way to predict what will happen in the next two months, the report said, it does say that the virus has already made travel restrictions a reality in several states.
The GAO report warned that “in states that have already passed travel bans, the increase in travel restrictions has increased the risk that the traveler who attempted to enter the United Kingdom or other countries could be identified.”
And in some cases, the TSA may have been able to stop the travel of those who had already been granted a travel ban.
But the GAOs report also pointed out that many of the restrictions in place so far have been temporary and may not last.
In fact, the government has reported that there are currently only five states that require travelers to prove they are not a threat to public health.
Davidson also noted that many travelers who already have their travel records expunged from the government database are not going to be able to get their records reinstated in time to avoid the travel restrictions.
Davidson is right to point out that some of the security precautions are not sufficient.
The government should do more to protect travelers.
While the GAOS report does not say whether the TSA should be doing more to enforce the travel regulations, there are still plenty of people who are not eligible for the travel exclusion or the travel freeze.
And while the GA Office of Inspector General is investigating the agency’s use of temporary travel bans to restrict travelers, the Department of Homeland Security has also reported that the agency did not use any of the measures to stop travelers who were already banned.
The Department of Transportation has also made it clear that the agencies goal is to work with all stakeholders to improve the security procedures.
So while Davidson is correct to say the TSA has not done enough to stop travel, he should not dismiss the TSA’s efforts as too little, too late, or that they will never get the job done.
The only way to protect against the spread of the virus is to do everything we can to increase our security, Davidson says.