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Transportation Security Administration

Disabilities and Medical Conditions

TSA Notification CardTo 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.

Prostheses, Casts, Braces, Support Appliances

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer if you have a prosthetic, cast, brace or support appliance and require assistance with the screening process. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.

Screening

Passengers with prostheses, casts, braces, or support appliances can be screened using advanced imaging technology, metal detector, or a pat-down.

The cast, brace, or support appliance is subject to additional screening, which may require you to remove it for X-ray screening.

You will not be required to remove your prostheses; however, they are subject to additional screening, which may require you to lift, raise, or lower your clothing.  If the screening will involve a sensitive area, a private screening will be provided and a disposable drape will be available upon request.  You may also request a private screening at any time.

You may voluntarily remove your prosthesis, cast, brace, or support appliance prior to screening and submit it for X-ray screening.