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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.

If you are approved to use TSA Pre✓® lane at a participating airport, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets during the screening process. You are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint by technology or a pat-down. Also, TSA officers may swab your hands, mobility aids, equipment and other external medical devices to test for explosives using explosives trace detection technology.

You are not required to remove your shoes if you have disabilities and medical conditions. However, your shoes must undergo additional screening including visual/physical inspection as well as explosives trace detection testing of the footwear. You can request to be seated during this portion of the screening.

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.

Ostomies

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer if you have an ostomy pouch attached to your body and where it is located before the screening process begins. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.

Screening in Standard Lanes

Passengers with an ostomy in standard lanes can be screened without having to remove, empty or expose the ostomy by advanced imaging technology, metal detector, or a pat-down. If the standard lane does not have advanced imaging technology or if you are eligible for expedited screening, you may be screened by a walk-through metal detector.

The ostomy pouch is subject to additional screening, and may require you to conduct a self pat-down of the ostomy pouch outside of your clothing, followed by a test of your hands for any trace of explosives. You may also undergo a pat-down of areas that will not include the ostomy pouch. Pat-downs are conducted by a TSA officer of the same gender.

Screening involving a sensitive area may be conducted in private with a companion or other individual of your choice. You may request screening in private at any time.

Screening in TSA Pre✓® Lanes

Passengers with an ostomy in TSA Pre✓® lanes can be screened without having to remove, empty or expose the ostomy by advanced imaging technology (if available), metal detector or a pat-down.

If the ostomy alarms during screening, you will be required to conduct a self pat-down of the device outside of your clothing, followed by testing on your hands for explosives.

If you are unable to conduct a pat-down of your device, TSA officers will test your hands for explosives. TSA officers will resolve positive tests using other screening methods including a full pat-down (without touching the ostomy) and inspection of your property. Pat-downs are conducted by a TSA officer of the same gender.

Screening involving a sensitive area may be conducted in private with a companion or other individual of your choice. You may request screening in private at any time.