TSA: No prohibition on palm fronds for Jewish holiday

10/2/2009 | JTA

TSA screeners have been instructed not to prevent observant Jews from carrying "spear like" palm fronds through airport security during the religious holiday of Sukkot, which runs through Oct. 13. Several Jewish organizations worked to educate aviation officials on Sukkot, which requires the faithful to use four plant species during their prayer rituals. "These plants are not on TSA's Prohibited Items List," according to a directive on the TSA website. "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."

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