F*cking TSA.

Passengers at airports across the country... are reporting a rise in TSA agents instructing them to remove their snacks and other food items... for a separate screening.
" It’s simply a recommendation issued by the agency last year... Screening supervisors at airports have the discretion to decide whether, and when, to demand that passengers proffer up ... for a solo trip through the X-ray machine."
Annnnnnnnnd why? What danger is it?
"According to England, the snack-removal recommendation is part of an effort to better detect explosives on planes, and to limit the number of bags that are flagged for special searches."

“There’s a very good reason for everything we do. Nothing is arbitrary,” England said.
"Are we now supposed to guess if we’re actually supposed to follow the instructions by the officers at the checkpoint? That doesn’t make any sense."
"According to Mr. England, the T.S.A. put this policy into effect last summer as part of a broader move to declutter overstuffed carry-ons because the contents of a too-full bag can be difficult to see when being screened."
Slightly more info on what you can't and can take: traveltips.usatoday.com/tsa-food-guide…

Ya'll please be careful when traveling with your #allergy friends, #servicedogs, #celiac friends, #children and #elderly. This is gonna be a real PITA.
Helpful comment from a friend on FB: If you call TSA Cares a few days before your flight they will meet anyone with disabilities and take you through a separate security screening that considers any medically necessary exceptions.

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