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|Newsletters: Navigating Security (TSA) when Traveling|
Navigating Security (TSA) when Traveling
TSA encourages travelers with disabilities and medical conditions to opt in to TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) if invited by an airline or to join Global Entry as a way to participate in TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck). (Individuals will have to pay a $100 fee, which is good for five years, if they join Global Entry. TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) is free for passengers, but, again, an airline must invite an individual to join.) TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) is part of the TSA’s larger effort to implement risk-based security processes that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered higher risk and about whom the agency knows less. Passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may be eligible for expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) just like all other passengers.
If TSA determines a passenger with a disability or medical condition is eligible for expedited screening through TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck), the passenger may be referred to the TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) lane where he or she may undergo expedited screening. This could include the ability to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on. Recent changes mean that many individuals with disabilities and medical conditions can benefit from inclusion in TSA Pre✓™ (PreCheck) and may receive expedited screening, including but not limited to individuals with service animals, individuals who use wheelchairs, those who have insulin pumps or similar medical devices, breast cancer survivors, ostomates, and those who require medically necessary liquids.
TSA Pre✓™ is now available in 35 airports and more than 6 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™. U.S. citizens with disabilities and medical conditions traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS are eligible to participate.
Individuals with disabilities and medical conditions who are interested in participating should visit www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck for more information.
The Oley Foundation is a member of the TSA Disability Coalition and encourages you to share your experiences with us. The good, bad and ugly needs to be showcased. The more particulars you share (i.e. airport, gate #, agent, time and individual incident is helpful) when deciding whether to train, retrain, dismiss employees, etc.
Everyone involved is working to improve the process of screening while preserving your safety!