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Internal Medical Devices

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

If a passenger has an internal medical device, such as a pacemaker or a defibrillator, it is important for him or her to inform the officer conducting his or her screening before the screening process 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.

Passengers who have internal medical devices should not be screened by a metal detector and should instead request to be screened by imaging technology or a patdown. While TSA has no evidence that screening by imaging technology will affect such devices, passengers with concerns should contact their physicians.


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

Latest revision: 24 April 2014