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Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

If a passenger has an ostomy, he or she can be screened without having to empty or expose the ostomy. However, it is important for passengers to inform the officer conducting the screening about the ostomy 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.

Passengers with ostomies can be screened using imaging technology, metal detector, or a thorough patdown.

Regardless of whether the passenger is screened using imaging technology or a walk-through metal detector, the passenger’s ostomy is subject to additional screening. Under most circumstances, this will include the passenger conducting a self patdown of the ostomy, followed by an explosive trace detection sampling of the hands.


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

Latest revision: 18 December 2014