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Monday, September 20, 2010

TSA does sensitivity training

Remember the poor kid on a US Air flight from New York LaGuardia to Louisville last January who suddenly found himself spread-eagled on a tarmac in Philadelphia with his sister because an ignorant flight crew member didn't know what Tefillin were? Well, TSA, the US government agency that administers airport security has done some sensitivity training for the upcoming Succoth holiday (Hat Tip: Daroff via Twitter).
The travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is from September 19 through October 4, 2010.

Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports and through security checkpoints. These plants are religious articles and may be carried either separately or as a bundle. Jewish travelers may be observed in prayer, shaking the bundle of plants in six directions.

TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of such agricultural items through the airport or security checkpoints, or on airplanes. These plants are not on TSA’s Prohibited Items List. And, as always, TSA is committed to treating all passengers, including passengers who may be observing Sukkot, with respect and dignity during the screening process.
Let's hope the message also gets through to the airlines in flight.


At 6:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Oh my... Jewish butt kissing... its heck of a lot better than Islamist butt kissing!

Not all forms of PC "sensitivity training" are created equal!

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Mahounds cannot bear to be left out of anything and they will complain that they are being unfairly discriminated against! They are not allowed to take on board, items of religious significance for THEM: TAPT, timers, wires, nails and bolts.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Akiva said...

Does this mean I can't take my succah on the plane?


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