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helper monkeys rule

Selected guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration on the handling of monkey helpers at security checkpoints.

Monkey Helpers

  • When the handler and monkey go through the WTMD and the WTMD alarms, both the handler and the monkey must undergo additional screening.
  • Since monkeys may likely draw attention, the handler will be escorted to the physical inspection area where a table is available for the monkey to sit on. Only the handler will touch or interact with the monkey.
  • TSOs have been trained to not touch the monkey during the screening process.
  • The inspection process may require that the handler take off the monkey’s diaper as part of the visual inspection.

apparently, this was on boingboing, but I learned of it only in conversation related to air travel last week. I could hardly believe that helper monkeys existed, let alone that they posed such security risks!

related: A story on All Things Considered about a real retired helper monkey [npr]


your text message this morning changed my life, i think.