TSA Officers Make Face Masks to Help Fight Coronavirus

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By on April 20, 2020 in Agency News with 0 Comments
TSA officer Justine Waldon's colorful face masks are pictured in the left image and she is seen wearing one in the right image

TSA officer Justine Waldron's homemade masks (left) with her pictured wearing one (right)

Some Transportation Security Administration officers are donating their time and skills in an effort to help others fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

A group of TSA officers at Newark Liberty International Airport converted 100 pairs of brand new socks into 200 masks to provide to two local New Jersey homeless shelters.

The officers said that the reduced number of travelers in airports gave them extra time in between working and while on breaks to make the masks.

“I see homeless people and I got to thinking that none of them have access to masks during the pandemic,” said Lead TSA Officer Eliane Pascoal, a 14-year veteran of TSA who contributed to the purchase of the masks.

Pascoal said she saw a video online about how to make masks out of socks so she and her colleagues took the idea and ran with it.

A couple of other TSA officers have been putting their sewing skills to work to make masks at their homes.

Supervisory TSA officer Susan Schultz, who works at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, has sewn more than 300 masks, sometimes working until midnight to meet what has become a growing demand for masks in her community.

And Justine Waldron, a TSA officer who works at Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) on Cape Cod, has sewn more than 140 masks.

Waldron makes colorful masks with vibrant patterns for her friends, family and co-workers to wear.

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