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Security Awareness for Passover Travel

Friday, April 15, 2011

As the Jewish Passover holiday begins, TSA anticipates an increase in passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzoh, in celebration of the holiday. Our workforce is aware of these unique items and religious practices passengers may engage in while traveling. This may include travelers reading religious text or participating in prayer rituals. Observant travelers may be wearing a head covering, prayer shawl, and phylacteries -- in Hebrew, kippah, tallit, and tefillin. The tefillin consist of two black leather boxes and straps to hold them. One is worn on the biceps, and its strap, which is tied with a special knot, is wound by the wearer seven times around the forearm and hand. The second box is worn on the forehead at the hairline, with its straps going around the back of the head, connected at the top of the neck with a special knot, and hanging in front on each side.

Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzoh, may request a hand inspection of the items at the security checkpoint.

To inquire about screening procedures or provide feedback, email TSA at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.