Passengers with Prosthetics

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Passengers with prostheses can be screened without removing them. The way screening will be conducted depends on the passenger’s level of ability and whether or not he or she voluntarily chooses to remove his or her prosthetic during screening.

The passenger should inform the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) of the existence of a prosthetic, his or her ability, and of any need for assistance before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers. However, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt a passenger from additional screening when necessary.

Passengers with prostheses can be screened using imaging technology, metal detector, or a thorough patdown.

Regardless of whether a passenger is screened by a metal detector, imaging technology, or a thorough patdown, a prosthetic is subject to additional screening. An officer will need to see the prosthetic, which may require the lifting of clothing without exposing any sensitive areas or removing a belt that holds the prosthetic to the passenger’s body. TSA also will use technology to test the prosthetic for traces of explosive material. If explosive material is detected, the passenger will have to undergo additional screening. If a passenger voluntarily removes his or her prosthetic during screening, it will be screened by X-ray.

Links:
Advanced Imaging Technology and Metal Detector Screening
Pat-down Screening
Disabilities and Medical Conditions
TSA’s Notification Card

Please click on the links www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/passengers-prosthetics for specific information about what to expect for passengers who:

Have Difficulty Walking or Standing
Uses Wheelchair or Scooters
Cannot Remove Shoes
Have Metal Joint Implants
Have Internal Medical Devices
Needs Medication
Have Medically Necessary Liquids
Have Medically Necessary Radioactive Substances
Use Portable Oxygen
Have CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPs
Use Nebulizers
Have Diabetes
Have Ostomies
Has an External Medical Device
Are Breast Cancer Survivors
Have Children with Disabilities
Have Autism or Intellectual Disabilities
Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Use Service Dogs
Have a Prosthetic
Has a Cast, Brace, or Support Appliance
Has Difficulty Being Touched
Need Dressings and bandages
Are Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Have Difficulty Waiting in Line
Latest revision: 29 May 2013