TSA Expands Airport Family Lanes for Holiday Travel

Families, and individuals traveling with medically necessary liquids this holiday season will be able to take advantage of the Transportation Security Administration's family lanes, regardless of which airport they use.

The lanes, part of TSA's Diamond Self-Select program currently available at 48 airports, allow families, individuals unfamiliar with air travel procedures, and travelers with special needs to go through security at their own pace.

"Passengers have clearly demonstrated their preference to go at their own pace," said Kip Hawley, TSA administrator."Expanding these lanes to every airport and directing families and passengers with medically necessary liquids to them, increases passenger convenience and security."

Individuals carrying medically necessary liquids, aerosols, and gels in excess of three ounces will also be directed to these popular lanes. Individuals traveling with liquids, gels and aerosols within 3-1-1 limits will not experience any change to their screening procedures.

The introduction of lanes that serve as both family lanes and dedicated lanes for passengers carrying medically necessary liquids strengthens TSA efforts to build a network of technology to detect liquid explosives.

Individuals traveling with medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols--including baby formula, insulin, cough syrup, contact lens solution, and prescription medications--will undergo additional screening that usually takes less than two minutes to ensure the items do not pose a threat, according to TSA.

For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.

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