Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
If a passenger has metal implants, such as artificial knees or hips, he or she should inform a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) 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.

Many passengers with metal implants that regularly alarm a metal detector prefer to be screened by imaging technology in order to reduce the likelihood of a pat down being necessary. A passenger can request to be screened by imaging technology if it is in use and available at the checkpoint.

 f a passenger cannot or chooses not to be screened by imaging technology or the passenger alarms a walk-through metal detector, the passenger will be screened using a thorough pat down procedure.

 Links to visit for more info.

Advanced Imaging Technology and Metal Detector Screening

Pat-down Screening

Disabilities and Medical Conditions

TSA’s Notification Card


 The links below are 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