Air Travel Disabilities And The TSA

Air Travel Disabilities And The TSA



One of​ the​ primary goals of​ the​ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is​ to​ provide the​ highest level of​ security and customer service to​ all who pass through our screening checkpoints. Our current policies and procedures focus on​ ensuring that all passengers,​ regardless of​ their personal situations and needs,​ are treated equally and with the​ dignity,​ respect,​ and courtesy they deserve. Although every person and item must be screened before entering each secure boarding area,​ it​ is​ the​ manner in​ which the​ screening is​ conducted that is​ most important.

In order to​ achieve that goal,​ TSA has established a​ program for screening of​ persons with disabilities and their associated equipment,​ mobility aids,​ and devices. Our program covers all categories of​ disabilities (mobility,​ hearing,​ visual,​ and hidden). as​ part of​ that program,​ we established a​ coalition of​ over 70 disability-related groups and organizations to​ help us understand the​ concerns of​ persons with disabilities and medical conditions. These groups have assisted TSA with integrating the​ unique needs of​ persons with disabilities into our airport operations.

Since the​ initial total ban on​ liquids,​ gels and aerosols took effect we have learned enough from the​ UK investigation to​ say with confidence that small,​ travel size liquids are safe to​ bring through security checkpoints in​ limited numbers. We are confident in​ our increased security measures throughout the​ airport. Therefore,​ passengers can purchase drinks in​ the​ secure boarding area and bring them aboard their flights.

TSA's checkpoint security screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions have not changed as​ a​ result of​ the​ current threat situation. All disability-related equipment,​ aids,​ and devices continue to​ be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.

Additionally,​ we are continuing to​ permit prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions. This includes:

* All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids,​ gels,​ and aerosols) including KY jelly,​ eye drops,​ and saline solution for medical purposes;
* Liquids including water,​ juice,​ or​ liquid nutrition or​ gels for passengers with a​ disability or​ medical condition;
* Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as​ bone marrow,​ blood products,​ and transplant organs;
* Items used to​ augment the​ body for medical or​ cosmetic reasons such as​ mastectomy products,​ prosthetic breasts,​ bras or​ shells containing gels,​ saline solution,​ or​ other liquids; and,​
* Gels or​ frozen liquids needed to​ cool disability or​ medically related items used by persons with disabilities or​ medical conditions.

However,​ if​ the​ liquid medications are in​ volumes larger than 3 ounces each,​ they may not be placed in​ the​ quart-size bag and must be declared to​ the​ Transportation Security Officer. a​ declaration can be made verbally,​ in​ writing,​ or​ by a​ person's companion,​ caregiver,​ interpreter,​ or​ family member.

Declared liquid medications and other liquids for disabilities and medical conditions must be kept separate from all other property submitted for x-ray screening.




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