Traveling with a Prosthesis

Everyone knows that air travel can be full of hassles. Add wearing a prosthesis into the mix, and the thought of getting from security to your seat can be downright overwhelming.

Below are tips for getting through the airport with minimal difficulty.

  • Let the TSA workers know you wear a prosthesis
  • Wear pants or shorts that allow the prosthesis to be visible without removal of the prosthesis or garments (if you are comfortable doing so)
  • Know how much leg room there is on the plane (call or look online for the specific airline you are flying)
  • Find out if there is special seating you can take advantage of with more leg room

TSA has information pertaining to travelers who wear a prosthesis at the following website:

Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

Call the airline you are traveling with if you have any additional questions specific to the airplane itself or that airline’s specific policies.

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