Just in time for Passover, the Transportation Security Administration is offering travelers faith-sensitive pat-downs at airports — to safeguard their matzo.
Instead of stuffing the brittle, unleavened bread into a plastic tub and sliding it through a scanner, Jewish folks can opt for a more gentle screening of the holiday food, the agency said.
“Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzoh, may request a hand inspection by the TSO [transportation security officer] of the items at the security checkpoint,” reads an advisory posted on the agency’s Web site.
“Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual. Matzo can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily.”