TSA screening tips for travelers with medical conditions, disabilities

WASHINGTON — For people suffering from medical conditions or disabilities, the thought of undergoing security screening at an airport can provoke anxiety. But the Transportation Security Administration is reminding travelers that there are options that can make the process easier on those travelers.

“All we’re concerned about is getting you to your destination safely,” said Lisa Farbstein with the TSA.

According to Farbstein, travelers can request TSA officers with specialized training to help people with medical issues.

Private screenings are also available for travelers who may have medical devices and would be more comfortable going through screening in a less public setting, she said.

Travelers who chose a private screening can have a travel companion accompany them to the screening area.

“We’re not going to ask you to remove you clothes. We will basically ask you to put some pressure on your device with your own hands, and then we’ll screen and swab your hands for any traces of explosives,” Farbstein said.

It is also possible for people with disabilities or certain medical conditions to keep their shoes on, if needed; but officers may inspect and test footwear for explosives.

Travelers with liquid medications that exceed the allowed amount of a 3.4 oz travel size bottle will undergo additional screening in order to have those on board, Farbstein said.

The TSA recommends that travelers consult its website to find out more information on what they should expect. There is a special hotline travelers can call 72 hours before a flight so the TSA can coordinate any special needs with officers at the airport.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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