Checking in with the TSA

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If you’ve ever been on a commercial airplane you know all too well the struggle to get through checkpoints and onto your flight.

Today in Gulfport, the TSA gave local travelers a table full of examples of why that process is necessary, displaying things like hand grenades and sledgehammers which are things that passengers actually tried to bring on flights.

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The checkpoints might seem inconvenient, but they do offer services like the ‘TSA CareS’ helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. TSA Spokesperson Sari Koshetz said, “TSA is here to keep you safe every day when you’re traveling. When you look at what passengers bring to the checkpoint, whether they meant to or didn’t, you don’t want those items to be in the hands of the passenger next to you.”

TSA Passenger Support Officer Ariana Love said, “Recently we had a passenger whose wife had brain cancer and he thought it was going to be her last fight. He wanted her to have a great experience coming through. I just greeted her right away, walked her through the process, asked her if there was anything I could help her with, make her feel comfortable, make her feel good.”

You can call your local TSA 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about procedures and to make special arrangements before your flight.