Religious and Cultural Diversity

TSA is sensitive to the diverse needs of each individual. We train our officers to conduct screening with respect and care when handling cultural and religious items.

Talk with TSA officers about concerns you have and the best way to screen you and your items. If you continue to experience concerns during or after your screening, request to speak with a supervisor.


For information on port of entry guidelines or restrictions visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

To File a Complaint

If your screening experience did not meet your expectations, speak with a supervisor at the checkpoint. You may also submit your concern to the TSA Contact Center.

Loose fitting or bulky garments and head coverings, may be subject to additional screening to include pat-down screening.

Checked Baggage

If you choose to pack religious items in your checked baggage, please ensure that it is packed appropriately. Most checked baggage is screened without the need for a physical bag search. For more information, visit checked baggage screening.

Carry-on Baggage

You may wish to pack religious items in carry-on baggage in a container that can be separated from other belongings and placed by itself in a bin for X-ray screening. We recommend using a clear plastic container or bag or easily opened to remove religious items for screening. Do not use a metal container. If the item cannot be screened by technology, let the TSA officer know.


  • Pilgrims returning from the Hajj who wish to bring back holy water in their carry-on bag should follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule  or pack it in their checked baggage.
  • TSA allows palm branches, citrons, myrtle and willow twigs used during Sukkot and will screen them at checkpoints.
  • Religious figurines and books.