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Let’s Go Safely

Thursday, June 18, 2020



During these unprecedented times, San Diego International Airport (SAN) has continued to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19. The airport has remained open as a critical piece of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, helping to move much-needed supplies and cargo, and assisting those with essential travel needs.

We want you to know that when you are ready to return to the airport, we are ready with a series of modifications and protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our passengers and employees.

Here’s what we are doing to keep you safe:

At SAN, we are constantly adjusting our operations to better ensure health and safety in light of COVID-19. We’ve implemented a number of health and safety measures including:

  • Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces.
  • Floor decals and seat signage to queue the six-foot social distancing consideration.
  • Increased signage throughout the terminals that serves as a reminder to practice preventive health measures.
  • Per the California Department of Public Health, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
  • Continued increased cleaning of high touch points.
  • PA announcements throughout the terminals that remind everyone of the facial covering and social distancing requirements.
  • Per San Diego County Health, employees are required to do a personal health screening and cannot come to work if they have any of the listed CDC COVID-19 symptoms.


Here’s what you can do to travel safely:

  1. If you have an essential travel need, it is important to stay in close contact with your airline as the date of
    your flight approaches. Airline schedules have been fluctuating unpredictably, some airlines require facial coverings to board, and some airlines are conducting temperature checks on passengers. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your airline’s expectations are before arriving at the airport.


  • Thank you for wearing a facial covering as it is required by the California Department of Public Health and required on airport property. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information on what constitutes a facial covering. If you do not have a facial covering, some of our concession partners have them available for purchase.


  • Although there are no crowds at the airport, please leave ample time to get to the airport and pass through security. Please visit the TSA COVID-19 webpage for more information about the security process and what is allowed.


  • Concessions are limited – some have closed and others have changed their hours – so please plan accordingly. Dining facilities are open and all employees and patrons must comply with social distancing requirements.


  • If picking up a friend or loved one, please note that the cell phone lot is temporarily closed, however, you can wait for 10 minutes at no charge in the terminal parking lots.


  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of viruses, including: washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; avoid close contact with sick people, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash; and maintain social distancing.


We’re here to support you on your journey through SAN

We are confident San Diego will always be a desirable place to live, visit and do business. When you’re ready to fly again, we’ll be ready to serve you. Let’s go safely. For more information, please visit san.org/gosafely.

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