Airport Security for Amputees
Going through airport security can be a hassle, especially if you’re an amputee. There are the crowds, the restricted items, the scanners and pat downs, etc. Plus Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents don’t exactly have a reputation for being friendly and understanding. There remain issues about the invasiveness and consistency of screening procedures and policies for the limb loss community.
When traveling with limb loss, avoid being needlessly inconvenienced, or worse, violated, by knowing what to expect and what your rights are when going through airport security. For persons wearing prosthetic devices, casts, or support braces, here are important things you need to know:
- TSA Officers will need to examine your prosthetic device, cast, or support brace as part of the screen process.
- You are not required to remove your prosthetic device, cast, or support brace, and TSA Officers should not ask you to do so. In fact, it is advised that you don’t remove or even offer to remove your device, cast, or brace.
- You have the right to request a private screening at any time during the screen of your device, cast, or brace. You also have the right to refuse the offer of a private screening; however, you must undergo a public screening if you wish to proceed beyond the security checkpoint.
- You may have a family member, friend, or assistant accompany and assist you throughout the private screening.
- There should be two TSA Officers of the same gender present during the private screening.
- After passing through the metal detector, you may sit if you feel weak or unstable on your feet.
- You may ask a TSA Officer to provide you with balance support at any time during the screening process.
- You may be asked to lift or raise some of your clothing during the explosive trace sampling process. However, you will not be required to remove any clothing or remove or display the belt that holds your prosthetic device to your body.
If you are not treated in according with TSA guidelines and regulations, you have the right to request at the time of your screening for a supervisor. If the supervisor does not address your complaints in a satisfactory manner, you may also request a TSA Customer Service Manager (CSM).
The California amputation injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm hope you have found the information in this article to be useful. If you or someone you love has sustained an amputation injury in an auto accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost potential earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Feel free to call us today at (800) 522-7274 to discuss your case in a FREE consultation with one of our dedicated legal team members. Let us help you get on the road to recovery.
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