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I have an ostomy pouch, do I have to remove it for screening?

You can be screened without having to empty or expose the ostomy pouch during advanced imaging technology, metal detector and pat-down screening. Please inform a TSA officer that you have an ostomy pouch before you enter the screening area. The ostomy pouch is subject to additional screening and may require you to conduct a self pat-down of the pouch outside of your clothing, followed by a test of your hands for any trace of explosives. You may also undergo a standard pat-down of areas that will not include the ostomy pouch.