Category:Traveling with Disabilities

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Children with Disabilities

Parents or guardians of children with disabilities should...<br>

Inform the Security Officer if the child has any special needs or medical devices.<br> Inform the Security Officer if you think the child may become upset during the screening process as a result of their disability.<br> Offer suggestions on how to best accomplish the screening to minimize any confusion or outburst for the child.<br> Ask the Security Officer for assistance during the process by helping you put your and the child's carry-on items on the X-ray belt.<br> Know that at no time during the screening process will you be separated from your child.<br> Know that if a private screening is required, you should escort and remain with your child during the private screening process.<br> Tell the Security Officer what are your child's abilities are. For example: can the child stand slightly away from equipment to be handwanded, walk through the metal detector, or needs to be carried through the metal detector by the parent/guardian.<br> Know that at no time should the Security Officer remove your child from his/her mobility aid (wheelchair or scooter). You are responsible for removing your child from his/her equipment at your discretion to accomplish screening.<br> Know that if your child is unable to walk or stand, the Security Officer will conduct a pat-down search of your child while he/she remains in their mobility aid, as well as a visual and physical inspection of their equipment.<br>

Mobility Disabilities

Don't hesitate to ask a Security Officer for assistance with your mobility aid and carry-on items as you proceed through the security checkpoint.<br> Let the Security Officer know your level of ability. For example: whether you can walk, stand, have limited arm movement, or if you cannot stand and/or walk through the walk-through metal detector. This will expedite the screening process.<br> Ask the Security Officer for assistance if you need help walking through the metal detector.<br> Inform the Security Officer about any special equipment or devices that you are using and where this equipment or device is located on/in your body. This will help the Security Officer to be careful during a physical inspection if one is needed.<br> Request a private area for your pat-down inspection if you feel uncomfortable with having a medical device being displayed while inspected by the Security Officer.<br> Ensure that all bags and satchels hanging from, or carried on and under, your equipment are put on the X-ray belt for inspection.<br> Ask the Security Officer for assistance with putting your items on the X-ray belt, if needed.<br> Let the Security Officer know if you need assistance removing and putting your shoes back on your feet when additional screening is necessary.<br> Let the Security Officer know if your shoes cannot be removed because of your disability so that alternative security procedures can be applied to your shoes.<br> Ask the Security Officer to monitor your accessible property, mobility aid(s,) and device(s) during the screening process and reunite you with them once X-ray inspection is complete.<br> Security Officers will visually and physically inspect your wheelchair or scooter and perform explosive trace detection sample of the cushion. These inspections will be conducted while you remain in your wheelchair or on your scooter if you indicate that you cannot get out of your wheelchair or off your scooter.<br> You should not be required to transfer from your wheelchair to another chair or be lifted out of your chair during the inspection process.<br>

Hearing Disabilities

If the screening process is unclear to you, ask the Security Officer to write the information down.<br> If you can read lips or are hard of hearing, ask the Security Officer to look directly at you and repeat the information slowly.<br> If you need to communicate with the Security Officer, inform her/him of your disability and the way in which you can communicate. TSA Security Officers are trained to provide whatever assistance they can to persons with hearing disabilities.<br> It is not necessary to remove hearing aids or the exterior component of a cochlear implant at security checkpoints.<br> It is best if you wear your hearing device while going through the metal detector.<br> According to Otolaryngologist and Otolaryngology surgeons, hearing devices such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, external component of cochlear implants, and middle ear implants are not affected by X-ray inspection, the walk-through metal detector, or the hand-held metal detector.<br> If you are concerned or uncomfortable with going through the walk-thorough metal detector, or are uneasy with having your external component of your cochlear implant X-rayed, you can ask for a full body pat-down of your person and a visual and physical inspection of the exterior component while it remains on your body.<br> If you use a hearing dog, you and the dog will remain together at all times while going through the security checkpoint.<br>

Visual Disabilities

You may ask the Security Officer to...<br>

Explain the security process to you.<br> Verbally communicate to you throughout each step of the screening process.<br> Provide you with assistance by placing your items on the X-ray belt.<br> Provide you with assistance by providing you with an arm, hand, or shoulder as you move through the process.<br> Find someone to escort you through the security process.<br> Let you know where the metal detector is located.<br> Let you know when you will be going through the metal detector.<br> Let you know when there are obstacles you need to avoid.<br> Perform a physical inspection (in lieu of an X-ray inspection) of your white collapsible cane. This will allow you to guide yourself through the walk-through metal detector. Inspection of your white collapsible cane will be completed after you go through the walk-through metal detector. If your white cane cannot be cleared with by physical inspection, the Security Officer will notify you that the cane must be X-rayed.<br> Perform a hand inspection of equipment (e.g., Braille note-takers) if you are concerned that the X-ray inspection may damage them.<br> Reunite you with all of your carry-on items and assistive devices after the X-ray or physical inspection of the items is completed, including electronic equipment that has been specially adapted for your use.<br> Verbally direct you toward your gate once the screening has been completed.<br> Click here for information on traveling with service animals.

Hidden Disabilities

Persons with a hidden disability can, if they choose, advise Security Officers that they have a hidden disability and may need some assistance, or need to move a bit slower than others.<br> Family members or traveling companions can advise Security Officers when they are traveling with someone who has a hidden disability, which may cause that person to move a little slower, become agitated easily and/or need additional assistance.<br> Family members or traveling companions can offer suggestions to Security Officers on the best way to approach and deal with the person with a hidden disability, especially when it is necessary to touch the person during a pat-down inspection.<br> Family member or traveling companions can stay with the person during a public or private screening; however, they may be required to be rescreened if they provide assistance to the person.<br> Notify the Security Officer if you need to sit down before and/or during the screening process.<br>

Pacemakers, Defibrillators, Other Implanted Medical Devices, & Metal Implants

If you have implanted medical device, that you would like to remain private and confidential, ask the Security Officer to please be discreet when assisting you through the screening process.<br> It is recommended (but not required) that individuals with a pacemaker carry a Pacemaker Identification Card (ID) when going through airport security. Show the Security Officer your pacemaker ID, if you have one, and ask the Security Officer to conduct a pat-down inspection rather than having you walk-through the metal detector or be handwanded.<br> It is recommended (but not required) that you advise the Security Officer that you have an implanted pacemaker, other implanted medical device, or metal implant and where that implant is located.<br> Security Officer will offer you a private screening once it becomes known that you have a metal implant or implanted medical device.<br> If your Doctor has indicated that you should not go through the metal detector or be handwanded because it could affect the functionality of your device or the magnetic calibration of your device, or if you are concerned, ask the Security Officer for a pat-down inspection instead.<br> Security Officers will need to resolve all alarms associated with metal implants. Most alarms will be able to be resolved during a pat-down, therefore clothing will not be required to be removed or lifted as part of the inspection process.<br>

Medical Oxygen And Respiratory-Related Equipment

Supplemental personal medical oxygen and other respiratory-related equipment and devices (e.g. nebulizer, respirator) are permitted through the screening checkpoint once they have undergone screening.<br> Any respiratory equipment that cannot be cleared during the inspection process will not be permitted beyond the screening checkpoint.<br>

Persons connected to oxygen: Inform the Security Officer if your oxygen supply or other respiratory-related equipment cannot be safely disconnected.<br> Only you can disconnect yourself to allow for your oxygen canister/system to be X-rayed.<br> Check with your Doctor prior to coming to the checkpoint to ensure disconnection can be done safely.<br> If your Doctor has indicated that you cannot be disconnected or if you are concerned, ask the Security Officer for an alternate inspection process while you remain connected to your oxygen source.<br> Infants will remain connected to their apnea monitors throughout the screening process. Apnea monitors will be screened while remaining connected to the infant.<br> Oxygen equipment will either undergo X-ray screening (only disconnected oxygen equipment) or physical inspection, and explosive trace detection inspection.<br> Oxygen suppliers or persons carrying oxygen supply:<br> An oxygen supplier or personal assistant may accompany you to the gate or meet you at the gate once they have obtained a valid gate pass from the appropriate aircraft operator.<br> Persons carrying his/her supply must have a valid boarding pass or valid gate pass to proceed through the security checkpoint.<br> Oxygen being carried by the supplier or person will either undergo X-ray screening and explosive trace detection sampling.<br>

Oxygen and Arrangements Passengers are responsible for making the arrangements with:<br> The airline(s) for supplemental Oxygen onboard the aircraft.<br> Local providers for oxygen use during any layover stop(s) and at the final destination.<br> The airline, friends, relatives or a local supplier for removal of the canister from the originating airport's gate area immediately after you leave the gate area to board the aircraft.<br> You must make similar arrangements for your return trip. Please, check the procedures outlined below for details. More information on airline accommodations for oxygen users can be found at the National Home Oxygen Patient's Association web site. You can also download the "Airline Travel With Oxygen" brochure. This publication provides valuable information on traveling with oxygen, including airlines that do and do not provide in-flight supplemental oxygen.

When You Make Your Reservation:

Arranging for Supplemental Oxygen (O2) Aboard the Aircraft

Neither the Air Carrier Access Act nor the Americans with Disabilities Act require airlines to provide oxygen service. Consequently, airline policies, procedures and services on accommodating passengers who use supplemental oxygen vary widely.<br> Notify the carrier when you make your reservation that you will need to use supplemental oxygen aboard the aircraft(s).<br> Ask about the airline's policies on the use of supplemental O² onboard. Federal regulations prohibit airlines from allowing passengers to bring their own oxygen canisters aboard to use during the flight. Passengers who use oxygen canisters must purchase canisters from the airline for use during the flight. However, some airlines do permit passengers to bring aboard oxygen concentrators, which do not contain oxygen, and use them during the flight. Policies vary from carrier to carrier, so be sure to check with your airline well in advance.<br> Keep in mind that not all airlines offer supplemental oxygen service, or may not offer it aboard all their aircraft. Inquire whether: 1) the airline provides oxygen service, 2) it is available on the flights you wish to take, and 3) you must provide a doctor's letter, or permit them to contact your doctor directly to verify your medical need.<br>

Arranging for Supplemental Oxygen during Layovers or at Your Destination

Notify the carrier(s) you are traveling with that you will need oxygen at the airport(s). Let them know that your O² supplier will be meeting you at the gate with an O² canister.<br> Ask about their policy for allowing O² suppliers to meet you at the layover airports and/or at your destination gate.<br> Contact your O² supplier and request that they make arrangements for your O² at the city or cities you'll require. The supplier will need to know the airline(s) you'll be using, departure and arrival dates and time, departure and arrival gates, flight number(s), arrival time(s), and the equipment you will need. Make all these arrangements as soon as possible.<br> If a representative from the oxygen-providing company is going to meet your flight with an O² canister, arrange for your flight(s) to arrive during the supplier's normal business hours, if possible. Also, have a local phone number and a contact person in the event of any unforeseen situation(s), such as if their representative is not at the arrival gate when you get there.<br>

Diabetes

Notify the Security Officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. The following diabetes-related supplies and equipment are allowed through the checkpoint once they have been screened:

Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, biojectors, epipens, infusers, and preloaded syringes;<br> Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication;<br> lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions;<br> Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needle); Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin.<br> Glucagon emergency kit;<br> Urine ketone test strips;<br> Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in Sharps disposal container or other similar hard-surface container.<br> Sharps disposal containers or similar hard-surface disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips.<br> Insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.<br> If you are concerned or uncomfortable about going through the walk-through metal detector with your insulin pump, notify the Security Officer that you are wearing an insulin pump and would like a full-body pat-down and a visual inspection of your pump instead.<br> Advise the Security Officer that the insulin pump cannot be removed because it is inserted with a catheter (needle) under the skin.<br> Advise the Security Officer if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.<br> You have the option of requesting a visual inspection of your insulin and diabetes associated supplies. <br>

Medications

All medications in any form or type (for instance, pills, injectables, or homeopathic) and associated supplies (syringes, Sharps disposal container, pre-loaded syringes, jet injectors, pens, infusers, etc.) are allowed through the security checkpoint once they have been screened. Atropens, an auto-injection system that can help treat many emergency conditions (low heart rate, breathing problems, and excess saliva related to insecticide, nerve gas or mushroom poisoning) are also allowed.<br> TSA recommends, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to assist with the screening process.<br>

Carbon dioxide (CO2) migraine inhalers and CO2 refills. Medications in daily dosage containers are allowed through the checkpoint once they been screened.<br> Medication and related supplies are normally X-rayed. However, as a customer service, TSA now allows you the option of requesting a visual inspection of your medication and associated supplies.<br> You must request a visual inspection before the screening process begins; otherwise you medications and supplies will undergo X-ray inspection. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please have your medication and associated supplies separated from your other property in a separate pouch/bag when you approach the Security Officer at the walk-through metal detector. Request the visual inspection and hand your medication pouch/bag to the Security Officer.<br> In order to prevent contamination or damage to medication and associated supplies and/or fragile medical materials, you will be asked at the security checkpoint to display, handle, and repack your own medication and associated supplies during the visual inspection process.<br> Any medication and/or associated supplies that cannot be cleared visually must be submitted for X-ray screening. If you refuse, you will not be permitted to carry your medications and related supplies into the sterile area.<br>

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