If you’re in perfectly good health, you probably don’t have much to worry about when it comes to hopping on a plane for a summer vacation destination. But if age has brought a few ailments and restrictions your way, the prospect of air travel can be daunting.
Eliminate fear of the unknown at the airport by taking a look at the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) resources for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Here are a few tips and to-knows to help you make it through the airport security screening process intact:
- You are allowed to bring medications in pill or other solid form through checkpoints in unlimited amounts, as long as they are screened.
- In addition, medically necessary liquids, freezer packs, IV bags, pumps, and syringes are allowed through a checkpoint in any amount once they have been screened.
- Diabetes-related supplies, equipment, and medication are allowed through the checkpoint once they have been screened. If you use an insulin pump, you can be screened without disconnecting from the pump.
- Check with your airline if you plan to use portable oxygen, as not all carriers permit this.
- While TSA does not provide wheelchair assistance, most airlines offer a wheelchair and attendant if you request this service.
- If you can’t stand or walk for long periods of time, you will be screened by a thorough pat-down while you remain seated.
- Many airports have lanes specifically designated for passengers with disabilities and medical conditions, and the wait time is much shorter. If there is no designated lane, you can request to move to the front of any line with your traveling companions.
- If you are older than 75, you don’t have to take off your shoes and jacket – a perk that went into effect last year.
If you’d like to communicate discreetly with airport security officers about your needs, download and print TSA’s Notification Card to pave the way for a smooth summer travel experience.