1.5 million respirator masks to be deployed to TSA workers

A stockpile of 1.5 million expired N95 respirator masks belonging to the US Customs and Border Security agency is expected to be deployed to the Transportation Security Administration to support its underequipped workforce, a report reported.

Officers with the Section of Homeland Protection resolved to provide the offer of protecting masks to the TSA on a Wednesday convention contact, resources advised The Washington Post.

The masks have been sitting down inside of an Indiana warehouse, the report stated. Although they are previous their expiration date, a White Residence official told the paper that they continue to purpose properly.

“The masks are entirely capable,” the formal explained. “We’d hardly ever put the lives of the guys and gals at DHS at risk.”

Expired N95 masks that have been thoroughly saved continue to be purposeful, in accordance to new advice from the US Centers for Condition and Manage.

CBP spokesman, Nathan Peeters, acknowledged the offer of masks and advised the paper the company has been “working with our DHS partners to figure out the best use for N95 respirators in CBP’s emergency stockpile.”

It’s unclear when the masks will be shipped to the TSA.