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The Maryland Aviation Administration is working to ensure the safety and security of BWI Marshall Airport passengers and employees. MAA officials remain in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other business partners (airlines, concessionaires, etc.) to provide a safe environment for the airport community.

Maryland residents seeking information on the impact of coronavirus in Maryland should click here for the latest from MDH.

The latest coronavirus updates from the CDC can be found here.

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UPDATE: 7/6 at 3:15pm

- While down from prior years, this 4th of July holiday weekend brought an influx of passengers to the airport. TSA performed 13,681 screenings on Thursday (July 2) at BWI Marshall Airport, down 51% from one year ago. More than 43,000 screenings took place during the Thursday-Sunday (July 2-5) period.

- Airport restaurants and retail shops continue to reopen to accommodate increased passenger traffic. 30% of our concessionaires are now open, with more expected to return in the coming days. Updates here.

Passenger receives free face mask at Information Desk at BWI Marshall Airport.

- Passengers arriving at the airport without a face mask can receive a free mask. Airport staffers are distributing cloth face masks at no charge at 3 Information Desks (Upper Level between Spirit and United counters, Lower Level between Baggage Claim belts 9-10 and 12-13). Mask distribution will take place 7 day a week from 6:00am-4:00pm and from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

- International air service has returned to BWI Marshall Airport. Southwest Airlines resumed nonstop service last week to 3 destinations (Cancun, Montego Bay, Nassau).

- Southwest yesterday introduced nonstop, seasonal service from BWI Marshall Airport to Pensacola, Florida (PNS). 

UPDATE: 6/26 at 12:45pm

Spirit Airlines Flight- Sun Country Airlines debuted service yesterday at BWI Marshall Airport. The airline is offering nonstop service between BWI Marshall Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP). Footage from the inaugural day is seen here.

- Frontier Airlines continues its local expansion. The airline yesterday debuted service from BWI Marshall Airport to Miami, Florida (MIA). Frontier plans to launch additional destinations later this year.

- TSA performed 10,191 security screenings yesterday (June 25) at BWI Marshall Airport, down 72% from one year ago.

UPDATE: 6/23 at 11:30am

- Our passenger traffic continues to rise. TSA reports 8,707 security screenings were performed yesterday at BWI Marshall Airport, down 76% from one year ago. 8,952 screenings took place on June 18, the busiest day (so far) of the COVID-19 recovery period.

- Airport restaurants and retail shops continue to operate in a limited number. Several restaurants have reopened in recent days, while others have modified their hours to accommodate rising levels of passengers. In accordance to state and local guidelines allowing sit-down dining with limited capacity, 3 airport restaurants are now offering sit-down dining at 50% capacity. See the latest updates here.

UPDATE: 6/12 at 10:45am

- This week is shaping up to be the busiest at BWI Marshall Airport since mid-March. TSA performed 5,181 screenings here on Wednesday (June 10) and 6,812 screenings yesterday (June 11). More than 7,000 passengers are projected to pass through TSA checkpoints today (June 12).

- This story from NBC’s Today Show chronicles a reporter’s recent journey as a passenger through BWI Marshall Airport. Watch here.

- TSA continues to operate Security Checkpoint C on an as-needed basis. TSA also plans to operate a dedicated PreCheck lane from 5AM-9AM each day at either Security Checkpoint B or C. When PreCheck lanes are closed, PreCheck passengers can still receive Expedited Screening in a Standard screening lane.

UPDATE: 6/10 at 2:45pm

- TSA performed 5,151 screenings at BWI Marshall Airport last Friday (June 5). This is the highest single-day count since March 21. Passenger projections for today and tomorrow (June 11-12) indicate an increase of traffic of at least 25% from June 5 on each day.

Executive Director Ricky Smith in front of video camera as he records video segments.

- Our Executive Director Ricky Smith recently filmed messages for use on our social media channels. He discusses why he is optimistic for a rebound at BWI Marshall Airport as well as what the airport is doing to keep passengers and employees safe. These videos will be posted soon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

- Sun Country Airlines officially joins BWI Marshall Airport on June 25. The airline will operate in Concourse D and offer nonstop service to/from Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP) several days a week.

UPDATE: 5/21 at 11:00am

- Effective today, TSA has reopened Security Checkpoint C with limited hours for use during peak periods. The move is intended to assist with efforts to ensure social distancing among those in the checkpoint queues.

- TSA announced this morning a series of measures that will be fully implemented at airports nationwide in the coming weeks. Some of the measures are already in place for BWI Marshall Airport passengers including the addition of plastic shields at document checking podiums, promotion of social distancing and reduced security lane usage. More info here.

- As local Safer-At-Home advisories urging only essential travel remain in effect, an uptick of passenger traffic is expected this weekend. Passenger counts at BWI Marshall Airport security checkpoints on May 21 and 22 are projected to reach levels not seen since late March.

UPDATE: 5/11 at 2:00pm

- The use of face masks and coverings is recommended throughout BWI Marshall Airport and required at airport restaurants and retail shops. Most airlines now require face coverings in-flight, as well as in airline ticketing and boarding areas. More info here.

UPDATE: 4/30 at 4:45pm

hand sanitizer station inside airport terminal

- Access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal remains restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees. Travel is discouraged except for essential purposes. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at several locations throughout the terminal, including before and after security checkpoints.

- We have featured a variety of our essential workers here in social media posts throughout the COVID-19 health emergency. To see some of our worker salutes, please visit our LinkedIn page or search #FrontlineMDOTforYou on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: 4/22 at 11:00am

- “We’re at a point now where it’s not as important that you get from one city to another in a non-stop manner, it’s about saving lives.”

Our Executive Director Ricky Smith talks about the effect of #COVID19 on airport activity as seen in this timelapse video from around the terminal.

UPDATE: 4/18 at 10:00am

- In accordance to directives this week from both Anne Arundel County (seen here) and Governor Hogan (seen here), those working or visiting airport restaurants and retail shops are required to wear face masks or coverings. Tips from the CDC on do-it-yourself masks can be found here.

image with guidance on face masks and coverings

- TSA recently consolidated security checkpoints operations and will continue to screen passengers at Checkpoints B and D/E. Travelers with boarding gates in Concourses A, B and C should use Checkpoint B.

UPDATE: 4/1 at 4:30pm

- Governor Hogan issued a Stay At Home order earlier this week. Out-of-state travel is discouraged, unless it is for essential purposes. Those traveling outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.

UPDATE: 3/27 at 3:00pm

- In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for compliance to the new federal Real ID standard is now October 1, 2021. More info found here and here.

UPDATE: 3/20 at 4:45pm

- A number of airport restaurants and retail shops have changed their hours of operations of availability or food service. More information can be found here. This link will update, as needed.

- Effective this evening, there will be a reduction in the number of access points to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal building. Some vestibules will be closed on both the upper and lower levels of the terminal building. Signage will be posted on impacted doors directing passengers to the nearest available vestibule.

UPDATE: 3/19 at 3:55pm

- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal to ticketed passengers and employees only.

Exceptions will be made for visitors assisting passengers with disabilities.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police will strictly enforce this policy, effective immediately. Read more here.

- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is suspending operations at the Trusted Traveler program enrollment center on the lower level of our International terminal. This change is in effect until at least May 1, 2020 and is intended to minimize the exposure of CBP staff and the public to COVID-19. Enrollment on Arrival will remain operational. More info here.

- A temporary change has been made at the BWI Marshall Airport Lost and Found office. Until further notice, the office is open only between 10am-2pm on Mondays and Thursdays. No walk-ins, appointments are required. Additional info here.

UPDATE: 3/18 at 1:45pm

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on March 17, 2020 that the public should avoid unnecessary travel. Visits to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal should be limited to passengers that are traveling and airport employees. The terminal will be closed from 11 PM to 4 AM each day, except for ticketed passengers and airport workers.

- The following changes to airport parking services are effective March 18, 2020 at 2pm.

  • Long Term Lots A and B, Express Lot and Valet Parking are closed.
  • Daily Garage remains open at a reduced rate of $8.00 per day (regular Long Term rate).
  • Hourly Garage remains open at regular rate.
  • Shuttle bus service will continue to ALL parking lots for all returning passengers.
  • For social distancing, shuttle bus passengers are asked to enter/exit using rear doors of all shuttles. 
  • Amtrak/MARC shuttle service continues on current schedule, but schedule adjustments may be implemented in the future.

UPDATE: 3/16 at 4:30pm 

What We Are Doing

- Increased custodial staffing
- More frequent and thorough cleaning of high-traffic areas
- Using hospital-grade disinfectants
- Distributing CDC handouts at our Information Desks
- Promoting social distancing, including asking those picking up passengers to utilize our Cell Phone Lot
- Encouraging use of our Restroom Alert system, with signs in every public restroom allowing guests to self-report restroom issues
- Adding signage to restrooms with information on coronavirus symptoms and how to reduce its spread
- Working with our business partners (airlines, concessions, etc.) to help ensure the health and safety of all in the airport community

What You Can Do
- Stay home if you are sick Coronavirus protection tips from CDC
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time
- Avoiding touch your face with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes (use a tissue or inside of your elbow)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Practice social distancing by maintain a reasonable distance (6 feet is recommended), especially if you are a higher risk of becoming sick
- Wear a facemask if you are sick

FAQs

- What is coronavirus?
o COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread person to person. Click here for more from the CDC. 

- What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
o Fever, cough, shortness of breath OR 2 of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
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- How is it spread?
o From person-to-person within a close proximity (6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs (more here from the CDC) 

- Are there travel restrictions in place?
o No domestic travel restrictions are in place. Click here for DHS info regarding international restrictions.

- I have a flight booked in 3 days, is it flying?
o Please check with your airline for flight-specific information within 72 hours of your scheduled departure.

- Will the airport shut down?
o BWI Marshall Airport remains open. A number of measures have been implemented to help ensure the safety of airport passengers and workers.

- Will airport restaurants be open when I visit?
o Airport restaurants and retailers are open, but with reduced operating hours and food service. Full service restaurants may have their seating areas closed, but still offer carry-out options. More information can be found here.

- Should I wear a mask?
o The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth while traveling. This is an additional public health measure not meant to replace the practice of social distancing.