TSA: New Security Measures For Airline Passengers With
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 28, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency established after the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, has developed new procedures it says will increase airline security while making travel more appealing to passengers with disabilities.
The new guidelines, announced Tuesday, were developed by the agency with help from disability groups, and are to be followed by all TSA screeners across the country. This should make the security screening process quicker, more predictable, and more respectful, TSA officials said.
"TSA's goal is to ensure that every passenger with a disability knows what to expect at every airport, every time, everywhere," said Sandra Cammaroto, the first manager of the TSA Screening of Persons with Disabilities Program.
Under the new guidelines, screeners will talk to blind passengers, help them to empty their pockets of metal, and make sure they gather their belongings at the end of the X-ray machine. Screeners will no longer remove harnesses from service animals and guide dogs, but will inspect them by hand.
Passengers using wheelchairs who can't walk through the metal detectors will be offered a private area where a screener can search them by hand.
Tips for travelers with disabilities or medical concerns are available at the TSA's Web site.
"Do You Have A Disability?" (Transportation Security Administration)
"TSA Smoothes the Way for 'Persons with Disabilities'" (TSA press
"September 11, 2001 and Beyond: The Impact of the Terror Attacks on
People With Disabilities" (Inclusion Daily Express)