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Family Screening Lanes

The Associated Press reports that Airports across the country will have designated security lanes for families to move through preflight inspections at their own pace…just in time for the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

The
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is expanding its family lanes to every security checkpoint in the country by November 20.

The lanes, which have been tested at 48 airports, provide a space for families and passengers who don’t travel very often to move through security at their own pace.

Also, people who carry “prohibited” items for medical needs likecough syrup, insulin, contact lens solution and breast milk orbaby formulawill also use the family lanes.

“Expanding these lanes to every airport and directing families and passengers with medically necessary liquids to them, increases passenger convenience and security,” TSA
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said.

Unwisely, we think, in August 2006, the TSA changed its screening policies after officials foiled a plot to use liquid explosives to blow up commercial airlines headed toward the U.S.

But because intelligence officials remain concerned that terrorists could carry liquid explosives onto planes, the government is testing equipment that scans liquids for explosives.

We think it’s a matter of time before the restriction are limited.

Headline: Family Travel Screening Lanes should get families through security faster. Do they?

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