TSA Hajj Travel Guidance for Pilgrims

Washington, DC | December 11, 2007 | www.adc.org | The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued guidance for travelers performing the Hajj. The advisory describes what to expect at security checkpoints, including preparations that can help travelers move quickly and efficiently through the security process. It notes that pilgrims wishing to bring Zam Zam water, Muslim holy water, should adhere to TSA’s liquid regulations by packing it in their checked baggage if the container is larger than three ounces. This important information can be viewed on the TSA website at: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/hajj.shtm
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) once again worked with the Transportation Security Administration in issuing its guidance to all Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) regarding travelers performing the Hajj. This guidance, which includes memoranda, is designed to inform and train and will be discussed at employee shift changes during the Hajj travel period. Above all, the guidance sends a message highlighting respect for civil rights and civil liberties, and that, as with all interactions with the public, all TSA officers should maintain the highest levels of professionalism.

Should you encounter any violations of your rights while traveling to or from the Hajj, contact the ADC Legal Department by calling (202) 244-2990 or via email to legal@adc.org . Individuals may also file specific complaints with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by calling 1-800-644-8360 or (202) 401-1474 or via email to civil.liberties@dhs.gov . For more information see: http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/structure/editorial_0373.shtm

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