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Florida Department of Health deploys teams at PBI

Published: 03/26/20

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PBI provides support and assistance as the Florida Department of Health deploys teams  

West Palm Beach, FL (March 26, 2020)- Florida Department of Health deploys teams at PBI providing screening to arriving passengers.

Executive Order 20-80 is being implemented by the State of Florida in a phased approach at commercial service airports.  The State of Florida initially deployed Department of Health teams to five airports, which included Miami International, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Orlando International, Jacksonville International, and Tampa International. 

Department of Health teams have been deployed to PBI today and have begun to coordinate with the airlines and all agencies providing support to their operations, including Airport staff, Palm Beach County Sheriff, TSA, and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Pursuant to the directive of the Florida Department of Transportation, the role of airports is to provide support and assistance to the Department of Health teams once deployed to individual airports.  Although Airport staff is not involved in the screening process, PBI has been fully prepared to provide all necessary support and assistance to the State of Florida in this effort.

Prior to the arrival of the Department of Health, PBI elected to take a proactive approach to ensure everyone arriving at PBI would be made aware of the Executive Order and its mandates. PBI worked with airline partners to provide incoming passengers information regarding the mandates contained in the Executive Order and to provide this information at the originating airport.  PBI continues to post information on social media and PBIA.org, has placed signage in strategic locations to ensure that all departing passengers are aware of the requirements, and began overhead messaging regarding the mandates provided in the Executive Order. 

Media Contact:                                 

Palm Beach International Airport

Lacy Larson                                                                                            

Director, Airports Marketing                                                                    

Palm Beach County Dept. of Airports                                                     

Tel: (561) 471-7467

llarson@pbia.org

About Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Palm Beach International Airport serves over 6.7 million passengers annually and offers over 200 nonstop flights daily.  Palm Beach International Airport is proud to be named the 8th Best Airport in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards and 8th Best Domestic Airport in Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2019 World's Best Awards.  Palm Beach International Airport was recently named Fifth Best Medium Airport in the 2019 J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Survey and ranked Best in the U.S. for Shortest Overall TSA Wait Times by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  

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