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Passengers Who Have Difficulty Being Touched

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

The majority of passengers can be screened without being touched by a transportation security officer. 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 patdown procedure instead. A patdown procedure also is used to resolve any alarms of a metal detector or anomalies identified by imaging technology.

Any passenger who has difficulty being touched should inform the officer that they may need assistance during a patdown. 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.


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

Latest revision: 24 April 2014