TSA Airport Security for Wheelchair Users and People with Disabilities

Q: What are the TSA Airport Security procedures for wheelchair users and travelers with disabilities?

Passengers need not get out of their wheelchair when passing through a TSA security checkpoint. If you pass through security in a wheelchair and cannot walk through the metal detector, you will receive screening by way of a pat-down. The following are a list of tips from the TSA regarding the pat-down procedure:

  • The patdown should be conducted by an officer of the same gender. Sometimes, passengers must wait for an officer of the same gender to become available.
  • The passenger can request a private screening at [...]

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