Those with a prosthetic limb or device might feel a little concerned about traveling by air because of the security precautions enforced by the TSA.
While it's true that those with a prosthesis may take a little more time than most to get through security, the TSA should permit anyone to travel by air with a prosthetic device provided that they adhere to all applicable security precautions.
The following are four mistakes to avoid when you fly with your prosthesis to make the process of going through security as quick and painless as possible:
Not going into things expecting some scrutiny for your prosthetic limb or device
It goes without saying that you're not going to get through security as easily with a prosthetic device as you would without it. Many prosthetics are constructed with metal, and this makes it so that they will set off a metal detector.
Expect some scrutiny and be patient about it. The more understanding you are and the better you cooperate, the faster you'll get through security and be on your way.
Neglecting to explore all the policies of the TSA regarding prosthetics before you travel
Simply exploring information posted on the TSA website regarding travel with prosthetic devices can leave you feeling a lot better about jumping on a flight with your prosthesis.
If the information you find online isn't enough to put your mind at ease, you can even call the TSA toll free at 1-855-787-2227 and ask any questions you have to clear up your uncertainties.
Failing to become adequately informed about your prosthesis before traveling by air
You need to know all about your prosthesis so that you can answer any questions about it that the TSA officers may ask you at the airport.
If you seem like you can't answer basic questions about your prosthetic device, it might raise some suspicion among the TSA agents.
Inform yourself so that you can answer any questions about your device including what you need it for, what it's made from, and how long you've had it.
It might be a good idea to discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you go. This way, your doctor can provide you with contact information to back up your need for a prosthesis and answer any questions you have about your prosthetic device.
Not knowing your rights
Unfortunately, you may encounter some TSA agents who don't know how to handle the situation of screening a traveler with a prosthetic device.
If you have any problems, you may need to assert your rights. You should have the right to a private screening if you don't want to remove or expose your prosthesis in public, so request this if you feel uncomfortable.
If you feel that an agent is not respecting your rights and is not dealing with you fairly, ask to speak to his or her supervisor. You can also visit websites like Northern Care Inc Prosthetics & Orthotics.Share