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Let my people go? TSA prepared


President Obama and the first family mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder with friends and staff in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on March 29, 2010. (Pete Souza/White House)

Why is this travel week different from other travel weeks?

Because its Passover, and carb-craving Jewish passengers flying to and from family Seders will flood airports carrying with them “unique items,” according to the Travel Security Administration.

And a TSA advisory assures that its officers are briefed and ready.

“Observant travelers may be wearing a head covering, prayer shawl, and phylacteries — in Hebrew, kippah, tallit, and tefillin,” according to the travel notice on the TSA Web site. “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.”

To avoid Matzoh breakage — trust us, there is nothing worse than Matzoh crumbs — Jewish passengers can have their carry-ons hand inspected.

RELATED: Unleavened, underappreciated: The ubiquitous matzo

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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