Ease Travel With TSA “Autism Spectrum Disorder” Card
The security screening process has just gotten a little easier at US Airports. If traveling with a loved one with a Spectrum Disorder, log onto TSA.gov to order an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” notification card.
Click on the TRAVEL tab, where you’ll see PASSENGER SUPPORT in the drop down menu.
Passenger Support & Screening Assistance
TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
Call (855) 787-2227 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
For more details, continue reading below:
Disabilities and Medical Conditions
To ensure your security, all travelers are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint. You or your traveling companion may consult the TSA officer about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition. If you have other questions or concerns about traveling with a disability please contact passenger support.
You are not required to remove your shoes if you have disabilities and medical conditions. However, your shoes must undergo additional screening including visual/physical inspection as well as explosives trace detection testing of the footwear. You can request to be seated during this portion of the screening.
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Autism, Autism Spectrum & Intellectual Disabilities
Inform the TSA Officer
Passengers with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome or Autism, can be screened without being separated from their traveling companions if traveling with one. You or your traveling companion may consult the TSA officer about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. You may also provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition.