As you may know, May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a non-contagious, chronic and often disabling, autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. TSA recognizes that traveling with this condition can be challenging. So, here are a few tips you should know before you go on your next trip.
Need assistance getting through security?
Contact TSA’s helpline 72 hours before your scheduled flight. The TSA Cares helpline provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and other circumstances, assistance during the security screening process. If you require security screening accommodations or have any concerns about the screening process, TSA Cares can coordinate assistance with a TSA passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance at the checkpoint.
Know the 3-1-1 liquids rule.
All liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes 3.4 ounces or less are allowed in your carry-on bag. Liquids greater than 3.4 ounces, will need to be checked in. There are however, exceptions to the rule. If you are traveling with liquid medication greater than 3.4 ounces , you will be allowed to pack them in carry-on baggage. All you need to do is notify the Transportation Security officer at the start of your screening process. Just keep in mind, medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening. If the officers are unable to use X-ray to clear the item, they make ask to open your container.
On the day of travel, ensure you arrive early to allow time for security screening. You will be screened by walk-through metal detector or advanced imaging technology. If you cannot or choose not to be screened by advanced imaging technology or a walk-through metal detector, you will undergo a pat-down. You may also undergo a pat-down if you alarm the screening equipment and/or at random.
Have TSA Pre✓®?
If you have TSA Pre✓® then you know that you are not required to remove your shoes, light outerwear jackets, 3-1-1 compliant bag, laptop and large electronics including your CPAP or BABP machine. If you don’t have TSA Pre✓® and have to go through standard screening, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to go through the checkpoint as you will have to remove all the items listed above except for maybe your shoes. Persons with disabilities and medical conditions are not required to remove their shoes however, shoes must undergo additional screening, including visual/physical inspection as well as explosives trace detection testing of the footwear. If needed, you may request to be seated during this portion of the screening.
Traveling with a companion?
The good news is you won’t be asked to be separated from your companion during the screening process. Know that at any time during the screening process, you may request a private screening which can be accompanied by your companion.
Have additional questions on policy or what to expect at the checkpoint? Email TSA Cares or call (855) 787-2227. You may also send us a tweet or direct message to @AskTSA.
Lizzy Gary, Director, TSA Traveler Engagement