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.
- Advanced Imaging Technology and Metal Detector Screening
- Pat-down Screening
- Disabilities and Medical Conditions
- TSA's Notification Card
Please click on the links below for specific information about what to expect for passengers who: