Succah, up and away

By Jennifer Lipman
September 17, 2010

After the kerfuffle caused by one Rabbi Mordechai Halperin when he flew to Germany with a suspicious shofar packed in his suitcase, it’s good to hear that lulavs and etrogs won’t meet the same fate.

From the US Transport Security Administration:

“Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports and through security checkpoints. These plants are religious articles and may be carried either separately or as a bundle. Jewish travelers may be observed in prayer, shaking the bundle of plants in six directions.

"TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of such agricultural items through the airport or security checkpoints, or on airplanes. These plants are not on TSA’s Prohibited Items List."

Succah, up and away, then.

Personally, I’d like to know where the aviation industry stands on matzah? Surely it counts as “harmful material"?


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