Los Angeles World Airports’ Traveler Updates on Coronavirus
The safety and security of our guests and employees is the top priority at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and we have been taking every precaution to keep travelers and employees safe. We continue to stay in close contact with partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Health, and to follow their recommendations.
- Health Screenings of Passengers: Health screening of passengers coming into LAX is handled by the Department of Homeland Security, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). You can find the latest guidelines on health screening procedures here: Department of Homeland Security Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran.
- Please see the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus 2019 website
- Face coverings: Face coverings are required to be worn by everyone inside public areas of terminals and office buildings. Anyone not wearing a face covering will be asked to put one on. Guests should bring a face covering with them. Face coverings can be cloth masks, bandanas or scarfs, or can be made from a T-shirt, towel or other fabric held in place by rubber bands or fasteners. City guidance on face coverings can be found here. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. For more information on public health guidance on face coverings, please click here.
- FOR CONTRACTORS AND NON-LAWA EMPLOYEES: If you are working on a Los Angeles City Contract that is subject to the Living Wage Ordinance, you are entitled to 96 compensated hours per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity, plus 80 additional hours of uncompensated time off for family or personal illness.
For LAWA EMPLOYEES: Please visit LAWA.ORG Employee Portal
Los Angeles International Airport actions
LAWA is in close contact with, and following the guidance provided by, public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We are working with these agencies to implement the federally mandated screening of travelers with possible exposure, as well as working with them to ensure we are following best practices to keep our team and guests safe. Specific actions we have taken include:
- Installing more than 250 additional hand sanitizer stations throughout our terminals at LAX.
- Cleaning our public areas and restrooms at least once per hour.
- Using virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants.
- Increasing deep cleaning throughout the airport, focusing on “high touch” areas at the airport like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons and restroom doors.
- Coordinating with our contracting partners to ensure that their cleaning crews are following the same protocols.
- Adding signage to high-traffic areas, including areas with passengers, with information on how to reduce the spread of illness and symptoms of the coronavirus.
- Disinfecting and cleaning LAX Shuttle fleet at minimum 3 X per day that serves employees and the public.
Federal official actions
LAWA is coordinating on a daily basis with our federal, state and local partners, including CDC, the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), and state and local health departments. The federal government has also issued directives regarding the required screening of passengers possibly exposed to the coronavirus.
- In January, the CDC began enhanced screening at airports with quarantine stations, including Los Angeles International Airport.
- We have protocols in place to support CDC at LAX, and isolate their screening operation from our employees and the public.
- CDC employees proactively contact all passengers arriving from China with health and travel questionnaires for self-identification.
- Public health staff will also proactively monitor for signs of ill passengers who present signs and symptoms of disease at LAX.
- This screening builds on established infections disease protocols, which includes reviewing information received from pilots, flight attendants, or crew who are trained to spot and report symptoms. This also provides an opportunity to educate passengers on steps they should take if they do develop symptoms.
How you can stay healthy
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and CDC recommend personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness. This includes:
- Wash your hands frequently and at least for 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- While not protective against novel coronavirus, public health officials also recommend the influenza vaccine. It’s not too late to get an influenza vaccine, since flu season can last into spring.
Information about the novel coronavirus is updated frequently; check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Information on travel to other countries
- Click here to read about all federal travel advisories.
- To contact the CDC directly, please call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)