Please Pack Your Mask
As of July 4th, 2020, several areas throughout the destination have enacted mask mandates for locals and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area. Cities within the Myrtle Beach Area have mandated that masks be worn in public spaces, including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed. Masks are not required on beaches as long as beach-goers maintain social distancing.
Food, drinks and travel essentials will continue to be available in the terminal. Some restaurants are temporarily closed and others have right-sized their terminal offerings to accommodate adjusted passenger volume levels. The restaurants that are open and operating are listed below. Please be advised that schedules are regularly adjusted to accommodate passenger traffic and some restaurants may only operate on specific days.
OPEN (schedules vary)
- Boardwalk Cafe
- Nacho Hippo
Our valet parking program is temporarily suspended until further notice. All other parking options are available.
Car rental companies continue to operate as normal. Schedules may be changed or reduced; please contact your car rental agency to confirm availability. Taxi companies and other transportation-for-hire companies such as Uber and Lyft are able to make operational decisions independent of the status of operations at Myrtle Beach International Airport. Inquiries for those companies should be directed to them. Uber and Lyft now require drivers and passengers to wear face masks.
Travelers are encouraged to confirm the status of their flight, prior to arriving at MYR. You can find updated arrival and departure information, here. Travelers wishing to change or cancel their itinerary should contact their airlines directly. Contact information for all airlines with service at MYR can be found, here. Many airlines are offering fee waivers for changes and cancellations. As a reminder, wait times are estimated to be longer than usual due to increased demand. Airlines are requesting that customers wait until 48 hours prior to their flight so that they may assist guests with immediate travel needs. Some reservations are eligible to be canceled online; refer to your airline's website for details. All airlines operating at MYR require face coverings for travel. This includes the entire travel journey -- during check-in, boarding, inflight and deplaning. As of July 25th, masks with exhaust valves are prohibited and will not be accepted on Delta Airlines. For the most accurate information on specific policies and restrictions, please contact your airline. All travelers are encouraged to follow CDC guidance, including frequent hand-washing and staying home when ill. Effective June 1st, Frontier began conducting temperature screenings of all passengers. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed on the aircraft.
TSA recently announced changes they are implementing to the security screening process to reduce the potential for cross-contamination at security checkpoints, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Over the next few weeks, passengers should expect to:
- Keep possession of their boarding passes. Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers should now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves. After scanning, travelers should hold their boarding pass toward the TSA officer to allow the officer to visually inspect it. This change reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a passenger’s boarding pass thus reducing potential for cross-contamination.
- Separate food for x-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process; separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection. This requirement allows social distancing, reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a person’s container of food and reduces potential for cross-contamination. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
- Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). In response to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Passengers are required to remove the hand sanitizer from the carry-on bag before being submitted for x-ray screening. If a bag is found to contain a prohibited item, passengers may be directed to return to the divestiture table outside of security with their carry-on bags to remove the item and dispose of the item. The passenger may also be directed back outside of security to remove, items that should have originally been divested (such as laptops, liquids, gels, and aerosols, and large electronics) and resubmit their property for X-ray screening. By resolving alarms in this manner, TSA officers will need to touch the contents inside a carry-on bag much less frequently, reducing the potential for cross-contamination.
- Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security. Noticeable adjustments leading up to the security checkpoint include, increasing the distance between individuals as they enter the security checkpoint, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors and staggering the use of lanes where feasible. No two airports are alike, so this could look a little different at each airport.
- Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Please note, however, passengers may need to adjust it during the screening process. Travelers are also encouraged to remove items such as belts, and items from their pockets, like wallets, keys and phones, and put them directly into their carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.
Health & Safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily in airplanes and the risk of infection while traveling by air is low. The airport recommends all passengers and employees strictly adhere to the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US/SC Departments of Health, including:
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover nose and mouth when coughing—throw away all tissues after each use
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects used regularly