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Disabilities and Medical Conditions

To ensure your security, all travelers are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint. You or your traveling companion may consult the TSA officer about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition. If you have other questions or concerns about traveling with a disability please contact passenger support.

You are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint by technology or a pat-down. If your TSA Pre✓® designation has been verified at a participating airport, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets during the screening process. However, if you are required to undergo additional screening for any reason, a pat-down may be required, which includes the removal of items such as shoes, belts, or light jackets. Also, TSA officers may swab your hands, mobility aids, equipment and other external medical devices to test for explosives using explosives trace detection technology.

Travelers with disabilities with TSA Pre✓® on their boarding passes will receive TSA Pre✓® on-person screening when screened in a standard lane for any reason. This may happen when the TSA Pre✓® lane is closed, for example. Carry-on baggage and other accessible property will undergo standard screening in standard lanes, including removal of laptops, 3-1-1- liquids, and CPAP/BPAP equipment.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Aphasia, Brain Injury

Inform the TSA officer

Inform the TSA officer if you or your traveling companion have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, aphasia, or brain injury and require assistance with the screening process. You may provide a TSA notification card or other medical documentation to inform the TSA officer.

Screening

TSA officers can screen travelers with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, aphasia or traumatic brain injuries without separating them from their traveling companions. You and/or your companion can inform the TSA officer about the best way to approach and conduct the screening, especially if it is necessary to touch the passenger during the screening. If your companion provides assistance during screening, he/she will need to be rescreened. You or your traveling companion may ask to be screened in a private screening area.