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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.

Insulin Pump & Glucose Monitor

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer if you have an insulin pump, glucose monitor or other medical device 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 portable infusion pumps, such as insulin pumps or glucose monitors in standard lanes can be screened 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. Inform the TSA Officer if you request screening by a pat-down in lieu of screening by technology.

You will not be required to remove portable infusion pumps attached to your body.

Disconnected devices may be screened by X-ray. Inform the TSA Officer if you do not want your device screened by X-ray. Alternative screening will be conducted.

If your insulin pump or glucose monitor is attached to your body, the device is subject to additional screening, including visual inspection, and you may be required to conduct a self pat-down of the actual device, 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 device. 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 of your choice. You may request screening in private at any time.

Screening in TSA Pre✓® Lanes

Passengers with portable infusion pumps, such as insulin pumps or glucose monitors in TSA Pre✓® lanes can be screened by advanced imaging technology (if available), metal detector or a pat-down. Inform the TSA Officer if you request screening by a pat-down in lieu of screening by technology.

You will not be required to remove your portable infusion pump, such as an insulin pump or glucose monitors but these are subject to additional screening.

If the portable infusion pump alarms during screening, you will be required to conduct a self pat-down of the device, followed by testing on your hands for explosives and screening by a hand-held metal detector for non-metallic devices.

If you are unable to conduct a pat-down of your device, TSA officers will test your hands for explosives and use a hand-held metal detector for non-metallic devices. TSA officers will resolve positive tests using other screening methods including a full pat-down 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 of your choice. You may request screening in private at any time.