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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.

Mobility Disabilities, Aids & Devices

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer of your ability to walk or stand independently before screening. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.

Screening in Standard Lanes

Passengers with mobility disabilities can be screened through the advanced imaging technology, metal detector, or a pat-down.

  • Screening Technology: If you are able to stand with your arms above your head for five to seven seconds without support, you may undergo screening through advanced imaging technology. If the standard lane does not have advanced imaging technology or if you are eligible for expedited screening, and you are able to walk through without support, you may be screened by a walk-through metal detector. If you are ineligible for screening by technology, or opt-out of this screening, you will receive a pat-down.
  • Pat-down: Pat-downs are conducted by a TSA officer of the same gender. If you have difficulty standing, you may ask for a chair, or you may be screened while seated in your wheelchair or scooter. 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.
  • Aids: Walkers, crutches, canes or other mobility aids and devices must undergo X-ray screening. A TSA officer will inspect the item if it cannot fit through the X-ray. Notify the TSA officer if you need to be immediately reunited with the device after it is screened by X-ray.
  • Wheelchairs and Scooters: TSA officers will screen wheelchairs and scooters to include the seat cushions and any non-removable pouches or fanny packs. Items will be tested for traces of explosives, and removable items will undergo X-ray screening.

Screening in TSA Pre✓® Lanes

Passengers with mobility disabilities in TSA Pre✓® lanes can be screened by advanced imaging technology (if available), metal detector, or a pat-down.

  • Screening Technology: If you are able to walk through without support, you may be screened by a walk-through metal detector. If the TSA Pre✓® lane has advanced imaging technology, and you are able to stand with your arms above your head for five to seven seconds without support, you may undergo screening through advanced imaging technology. If you are ineligible for screening by technology, you will have your hands tested for explosives. If you alarm any of the screening technology, a pat-down is used to resolve the alarm.
  • Aids: Walkers, crutches, canes or other mobility aids and devices must undergo X-ray screening. A TSA officer will inspect the item if it cannot fit through the X-ray. Notify the TSA officer if you need to be immediately reunited with the device after it is screened by X-ray. TSA officers will resolve positive explosives tests using other screening methods, including a pat-down and inspection of your property.
  • Wheelchairs and Scooters: TSA officers will test wheelchairs and scooters, including any non-removable pouches or fanny packs, for traces of explosives. Removable items will undergo X-ray screening. TSA officers will resolve positive explosives tests using other screening methods, including a pat-down and inspection of your property.