ILM expands, takes more COVID-19 safety precautions

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Enhanced safety measures at ILM (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington International Airport keeps on growing, while at the same time, working to enhance health and safety measures in light of COVID-19.

On Thursay, ILM opened a third TSA lane.

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Airport officials say this will allow them to continue to accommodate more travelers. It also allows TSA to ahve a dedicated PreCheck lane at ILM and screen passengers during the busiest times.

In addition to this expansion, ILM is also stepping up its safety measures.

TSA agents could all be seen wearing face shields and gloves.  Airport administrators say they’ve also stepped up sanitizing and distancing efforts.



“Plastic shielding at various locations, as you’ll see behind me at the TDC podium. We do have plastic shielding up to give that barrier between the passenger and the TDC officer during the exchange of the driver’s license and boarding pass process,” said ILM Federal Security Director Beth Walker.

TSA will also allow you to bring hand sanitizer with you, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. You can also bring wipes along with you. Passengers are permitted to bring individually-packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on bags.

You can read more TSA travel tips here.

ILM officials also say, RealID will not be enforced until October 1 of 2021. Also, if you have a driver license that expired on or after March 1 of 2020, you can still use it for up to a year after the expiration date.