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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.

Prosthesis, Cast, Support Brace, Sling, Support Appliance

Inform the TSA Officer

Inform the TSA officer if you have a prosthetic, cast, support brace, sling 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 in Standard Lanes

Passengers with prostheses, casts, support braces, slings or support appliances can be screened by advanced imaging technology, or a pat-down. If the standard lane does not have advanced imaging technology, you cannot hold a proper stance for advanced imaging technology screening or if you are eligible for expedited screening, you may be screened by a walk-through metal detector.

The prosthesis, cast, support brace, sling or support appliance is subject to additional screening, which may include screening of the device and/or hands for explosives and screening by a hand-held metal detector on non-metallic devices. If your support brace alarms, you will need to remove it for X-ray screening.

You will not be required to remove your prosthesis, cast, sling or support appliance; however, these devices are subject to additional screening, including visual inspection. Screening involving a sensitive area may be conducted in private with a companion or other individual of your choice.

You may voluntarily remove your prosthesis, cast, support brace, sling or support appliance prior to screening and submit it for X-ray screening. You may also request a private screening at any time.

Screening in TSA Pre✓® Lanes

Passengers with prostheses, casts, support braces, sling, or support appliances in TSA Pre✓® lanes can be screened by advanced imaging technology (if available), walk-through metal detector or a pat-down.

If the prosthesis, cast, support brace, sling or support appliance alarms during screening, you will be required to conduct a self pat-down of the device, followed by testing of your hands for explosives and screening by a hand-held metal detector for non-metallic devices.

If you are unable to conduct a self pat-down of your device, TSA officers will test your hands for explosives and conduct screening with 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. If your support brace alarms during this process, you will need to remove it for additional screening.  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.