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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.

Bandages, Compression Sleeves, Dressings

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer if you have a bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing 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 a bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing in standard lanes can be screened through the 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.

Your bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing is subject to additional screening, including visual inspection, and may include screening of the item and/or hands for explosives and/or screening by a hand-held metal detector on the non-metallic medical item.

If wearing a bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing and you alarm during screening, you will be required to undergo a pat-down, to include the area where the bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing is located. 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 a bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing in TSA Pre✓® lanes can be screened by advanced imaging technology (if available), metal detector or a pat-down.

You will not be required to remove your bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing, but these are subject to additional screening.

If the bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing alarms during screening, you will be required to conduct a self pat-down of the bandage, compression sleeve, or dressing, followed by testing on your hands for explosives and screening by a hand-held metal detector for non-metallic medical items.

If you are unable to conduct a pat-down of your medical item, TSA officers will test your hands for explosives and use a hand-held metal detector for non-metallic medical items. 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 or other individual of your choice. You may request screening in private at any time.