TSA unveils "family lanes" starting this week.

November 18, 2008
Fares from Washington DC:

    Holiday travel has become a real mess in the last few years. What with an estimated 24 million people flying during the week of Thanksgiving and airlines cutting back on about 10% of their capacity since last year, something had to give sooner or later. Luckily for passengers help is on the way. Starting later this week, airports will implement the "family checkpoint lane."



    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will open these express "family lanes" at almost every airport checkpoint starting this Thursday November 20 to ease the stress of parents flying with children this holiday.

    Over 500 checkpoints will be available at every large and mid size airport during the busiest travel period of the year. Once they are open, families will be directed by screeners to use specific lanes in which they can move at their own pace through security screening. Although a few airports have been using the hugely popular family checkpoint lanes already, this Thursday will be the largest rollout to date.

    The family lanes will also have special scanning for large bottles of  liquids (over the TSA's 3 oz.. limit) that contain necessary items such as baby formula and medication. The TSA will be tracking the new idea to make sure that they get the most out of these new "express" lanes. So when there are no families going through security, the lane will be opened to all travelers.

    Ok TSA, now get to work on not having me take my shoes off at the security checkpoint.

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