TSA and Customs Issue Guidelines for a Religious Holiday
It’s good for the TSA and CBP to accommodate the religious needs of travelers while ensuring that security is maintained.
Excerpt from Jerusalem Post
US authorities released travel guidelines for Succot ahead of the Jewish holiday. “TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of the four plants used during Succot – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports, through or security checkpoints, or on airplanes,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement, noting the dates of this year’s Succot holiday, from Sept. 18-25.
….In a separate statement, US Customs and Border Protection also noted that the four species were allowed entry, but noted a number of restrictions subject to inspection….“The agriculture specialist will inspect the ethrog. If either insect stings or pests are found, the ethrog will be prohibited from entering the United States. If neither is found, the traveler will be allowed to re-wrap and re-box the ethrog for entry into the United States.”