Check TSA requirements and/or airline requirements, especially for special situations (such as medical devices, needles and syringes, artificial joints, home oxygen therapy, etc.)

Getting through airport security can be a hassle even without some special circumstance. It helps to know the rules ahead of time and visualize what you will need to do in the security line. If you have a special circumstance such as those listed above, it is even more advisable to understand the rules ahead of time.

Here’s a link to the TSA website so you can review the rules for everyone:

Once at the home page, be sure to check out the TRAVEL tab for rules and tips. There is also a link called PASSENGER SUPPORT for information for people with disabilities and/or specific medical conditions;

That’s for getting through security inside the airport. We recommend also checking with your airline if you have a special circumstance such as disability or medical device such as home oxygen. Here’s a good article reviewing issues related to flying with oxygen therapy.

Flying with Oxygen

Are you a good candidate for TSA Precheck or The Global Entry Program?

If you want to speed up the process of getting through airport security, check out the TSA Precheck program. It allows you to go through security without having to remove shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops, and liquids. There is a fee, and the Precheck status is good for 5 years. Check the TSA site mentioned above for details.

Global Entry is a program of U.S. Customs and Border Protection that allows expedited entry back into the United States. You must have an in-person interview and undergo an extensive background check. But it might save you some hassle when coming back home. Here’s the website for more information:

Global Entry Program