BALTIMORE - Pretty in pink? Or perhaps a fashion statement? Actually, it’s a united show of support at airport checkpoints where some Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers have decided to don pink gloves during the month of October to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.
TSA officers at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport and Hagerstown Regional Airport are participating in the pink glove Breast Cancer Awareness program, although not all airports are participating.
Throughout October, which has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TSA officers have the option to be sporting the pink gloves instead of the baby blues while performing their regular daily screening functions. Some have opted to make a fashion statement by wearing one blue glove and one pink glove.
The pink gloves are not mandatory and blue gloves typically worn by the TSA officers also will be available during the month of October, as the pinks are not mandatory. The pinks are a non-latex glove, called a nitrile glove, similar to their blue counterparts, which does not affect officers or passengers who may suffer from allergic reactions to latex.