This Passover, TSA Wants Your Matzoh to Travel Safe

It’s really fragile, guys.

Handle with care.
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Matt Vasilogambros
April 10, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

The Jew­ish hol­i­day of Pas­sov­er starts Monday, and the Trans­port­a­tion Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion is ready for great amounts of matzoh to take to the skies.

As it does with oth­er ma­jor re­li­gious events, TSA has an ad­vis­ory out to pre­pare trav­el­ers and em­ploy­ees for what may seem odd to the uni­formed dur­ing this hol­i­day peri­od. In this case, TSA really wants you to know how fra­gile the un­leavened bread is, among oth­er things.

Some trav­el­ers will be car­ry­ing boxes of matzoh, which are con­sumed as part of the Pas­sov­er ritu­al. Matzoh can be ma­chine or hand­made and are typ­ic­ally very thin and fra­gile, and break eas­ily. Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ing with re­li­gious items, in­clud­ing hand­made matzoh, may re­quest a hand in­spec­tion by the TSO of the items at the se­cur­ity check­point.

TSA also de­scribes the “unique items” that may ac­com­pany Jew­ish trav­el­ers, in­clud­ing head cov­er­ings, pray­er shawls, and phylac­ter­ies.

But most im­port­antly, watch out for the matzoh. No Pesach would be com­plete without it.


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