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Casts, Braces, Support Appliances

Travelers with Disabilties and Medical Conditions

If a passenger has a cast, brace, or support appliance, he or she should inform an officer before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers. However, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt a passenger from additional screening when necessary.

The way screening of a cast, brace, or support appliance will be conducted depends on the passenger’s level of ability and whether or not the passenger can remove the cast, brace, or support appliance during screening. Passengers can be screened without removing a cast, brace, or support appliance and the passenger should inform an officer of his or her ability, and of any need for assistance before screening begins.

Passengers can be screened using imaging technology or walk-through metal detectors. If a passenger cannot or chooses not to be screened by imaging technology or a walk-through metal detector, the passenger will be screened using a thorough pat-down procedure instead.

Regardless of whether a passenger is screened by a metal detector, imaging technology, or a thorough pat-down, casts, braces, and support appliances are subject to additional screening. An officer will need to see the device, which may require the lifting of clothing without exposing any sensitive areas. TSA also will use technology to test the device for traces of explosive material. If explosive material is detected, the passenger will have to undergo additional screening.


Please click on the links below for specific information about screening for passengers with disabilities or medical conditions:

Latest revision: 24 April 2014