Shura Council Meets with US Customs and TSA Officials to Discuss Hajj Travel

A naheim, CA:  Each year thousands of Muslim-Americans perform their Hajj pilgrimage and use Los Angeles International Airport as their airport of choice. The pilgrims start leaving for Hajj around late September and start returning around mid October. To ensure a pleasant travel experience, the Shura Council met with both the

US Customs and the Transportation Security Administration

(TSA) at the Los Angeles International Airport to discuss this year's Hajj travel arrangements.

 Referring to a Hajj document developed by the Shura Council specifically for the US Customs and TSA, the Chairman of the Shura Council, Dr Muzammil Siddiqi said, "Reciprocal education and awareness is foundational to make travel experiences most enjoyable and least stressful."

Bruce Mulraney, Section Chief for US Customs at the Los Angeles International Airport, thanked the Shura Council for offering educational resources and expertise for the past several years and for helping them serve Muslim pilgrims appropriately. Mr Mulraney encouraged the Muslim pilgrims to also avail of several useful documents from the US Customs, such as " Know Before You Go " or the " Top 10 Traveler Tips ".

The TSA was also informed about the specifics of Hajj travel and an informational package about Hajj related issues was also provided to them. The Shura Council was reassured by the TSA representatives - Mr Jason Pantages, Assistant Field Director and Ms Danielle Bean, Customer Service Manager for the TSA for its gender-specific policy related to secondary searches - and suggested that travelers may avail their useful  3-1-1 program  and also encouraged the community to report any untoward incident to TSA's round-the-clock Command Center at ( 310) 242-2939. 

 International travelers coming into Los Angeles International Airport  (LAX) can also call on the US Customs Passenger Services Manager at  (310) 665-4545 or the LAX International Terminal Watch Commander ( 310) 568-7547 to report complaints or compliments.


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