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Vegas airport unveils new funny checkpoint videos

Associated Press Updated: May 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm 0

LAS VEGAS (AP) — At the Las Vegas airport, the Blue Man Group can sail through security, but too much of their signature makeup can't.

The famous Strip performers helped McCarran International Airport freshen up the funny videos that play at security checkpoints. Tourism officials announced earlier this month that they released eight new videos illustrating U.S. Transportation Security Administration policies for travelers as they wait for screenings.

They address TSA procedures for liquids, gels and aerosols, metals and electronics, carry-on luggage, strollers, weapons and more.

In one, comedians Carrot Top, Louie Anderson and George Wallace tease each other and guffaw in the line before a TSA agent reminds them of the checkpoint's no-jokes rule. In another, three Blue Man Group actors mix up their photo IDs because they all look identical.

The airport was the first to create quirky security videos when it released a set in 2004. But agency rules have changed in the past decade and officials said it was time for something new.

Airport security official Michael Bennett said he hopes the videos will capture passengers' attention while getting important messages across and speeding up the screening process at the nation's ninth-busiest airport.

"By engaging people in that 'Only in Vegas' way, these videos make our checkpoints a little less cumbersome and keep things running smoothly," he said.

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