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The TSA security point is the last chance to say goodbye to a loved one before they are off to catch their flight. To accommodate military personnel, the TSA is allowing members of the family a special pass to go to the gate with their soldier and get some extra time for goodbyes prior to departure. TSA is also allowing passes for family members to greet troops at the gate as they are arriving instead of meeting them at the baggage claim. Just in time for the holidays, this is a great time for the TSA to make a change to a regulation that has been enforced since 9/11.
Ultimately, it will be up to the individual airlines and families looking into this further will have to check with the airline their family member is traveling with. The complete policy on gate passes is available on the
Transportation Security Administration’s Web site under the heading “Accommodations for U.S. Military Personnel.” http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1880.shtm
For those sacrificing so much, this is a nice gesture by the TSA to allow troops at least a little bit of extra time with their families and to remind everyone traveling about what our troops go through to enable our freedoms.
I did some traveling this past week and saw many troops in transit. Some were coming back from deployments, others were done with basic training and were happy to go back to their families after not seeing them for an extended period of time. Most military personnel are ready to strike up a conversation and share their story and it is that type of exposure to the military community that helps us all understand and appreciate these brave men and women much better.