Is your airport safe from COVID-19? Getty Americans have been hesitant to fly during the coronavirus pandemic, and many are wondering if it’s safe to get on a plane when COVID-19 surges across the country. Most air travel safety analysis has focused on specific airline policies – do they clean up the plane? apply masking? block the middle seat? – but you must also take into consideration the airports through which you will pass. MORE FROM FORBESU.S. Airlines Are Now Requiring Passengers To Report COVID-19 Symptoms And Contacts By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher Here are three questions to ask to help you decide if it’s a good idea to fly through a specific airport by this moment: hot spot? It stands to reason that if you travel in or through a place where the coronavirus spreads at an accelerated rate or out of control, you are exposed to a higher risk. You can answer this question using the Harvard Global Health Institute’s risk assessment tool, whose color-coded map gives each county and state a grade of green, yellow, orange or red, depending on the number of new daily positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people on a seven-day moving average. Counties colored red have an infection rate of more than 25 new cases per 100,000 population, which means that the community is “at a critical point” and should be subject to residence orders, according to researchers from Harvard. Major U.S. airports located in current hot spots include, but are not limited to: Miami Int’l – Miami-Dade Co., FL – 106.0 cases / 100K Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l – Broward Co., FL – 72.3 cases / 100K Orlando Int’l – Orange Co., FL – 60.4 cases / 100K Nashville Int’l – Davidson Co., TN – 52.5 cases / 100K Phoenix Sky Harbor – Maricopa Co., AZ – 49.0 cases / 100K Tampa Int’l – Hillsborough Co., FL – 46.0 cases / 100K McCarran Int’l – Clark Co., NV – 44.2 cases / 100K Dallas / Ft. Worth Int’l – Dallas Co., TX – 41.6 cases / 100K George Bush Intercontinental – Harris Co., TX – 35.0 cases / 100K Louis Armstrong New Orleans Int’l – Jefferson Par., LA – 34.2 cases / 100K Austin- Bergstrom Int’l – Travis Co., TX – 32.6 cases / 100K Los Angeles Int’l – Los Angeles Co., CA – 32.4 cases / 100K Charlotte-Douglas Int’l – Mecklenburg Co., NC – 31 , 4 cases / 100K Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta Int’l – Clayton Co., GA – 28.2 cases / 100K When was the last time a TSA officer tested in. sitive for COVID-19 at this airport? Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1,100 Transportation Security Administration officers have contracted COVID-19 and six officers have died from the disease. And just since the weekend of July 4, TSA agents at 51 American airports have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the agency’s data. In particular, each airport listed above has had at least one positive TSA officer test in the past two weeks. The TSA publishes daily updates to the COVID-19 data, so you can check if recently the last officer from a specific airport tested positive. Are face masks required inside the airport? Given the huge body of evidence that shows that wearing face masks helps stop the spread of COVID-19, this question is a good marker for assessing whether a particular airport is doing everything it can to keep passengers safe. passengers during the pandemic. The Airports Council International, which represents commercial airports, has requested a federal mask warrant at all U.S. airports, but so far that effort has been unsuccessful. In the absence of a federal face mask law, airports across the country have inconsistent standards for face covers and most airports are allowed to establish their own policies. If you are concerned about an airport mask policy, be sure to do your own research before booking your flight. You can usually view the airport policy online, but you may need to call the airport directly. MORE FORBES Aerial surveillance cameras can harass you if you don’t wear a face mask By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher In states where there is no face mask mandate, there may be a local mandate. For example, in Florida, the current epicenter of COVID-19 infections in the United States, Governor Ron DeSantis did not issue a mask warrant. Miami International Airport recently started forcing employees and travelers to wear masks, following a mandate from Miami-Dade County. Similarly, Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport now require the wearing of masks, thanks to executive decrees of the mayors. READ MORE .