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What are some tips for a better experience at airport security checkpoints for someone with disabilities or medical conditions?

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has published tips to better assist travelers with disabilities.

TSA also publishes a list of medical and disability-related devices which are allowed through airport security checkpoints.

It is advisable for you to contact the airlines you will be using prior to traveling in order that they are aware of any condition requiring special attention.  Generally, wheelchair assistance can be arranged ahead of time quite easily at both the place of origin and destination.  Airlines tend to board travelers requiring special assistance first for departure and disembark last for arrival.  So, always allow for extra time when planning your trip.  Additionally, we recommend checking your flight status prior to traveling to the airport in order to avoid any unnecessary waiting if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

last updated 2008.09.15
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