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    While I have generally had a good experience with TSA and it accepting that I have a physical disability (a slight limp, speech issues, and now a cane and leg brace). I have recently read articles of the TSA having issues with people wearing diapers. I have gone though with diapers in my bag because of night incontinence and have worn Depends though the body scanners. But, now that I have little to no control during the day I wear regular diapers instead of a pull-up. Does anyone have experience with wearing diapers though a body scanner? Would it just be safe to put it on my TSA Disability Notification Card?

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    mikejames

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    it's not a big deal...done it several times for business trips. TSA doesn't care.

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    (<---Works for TSA) It will most likely show up on the body scanner. The leg brace will definitely show up. The purpose of the disability notification card is to allow you to communicate with the officers a need that you wish to not voice publicly. The current standard operating procedures dictate that all areas must be cleared before you can enter the sterile area of the airport. My recommendation is to use the notification card to explain the "groin anomaly" that will most likely be detected by the scanner. This will require a resolution pat down of the alarmed area and trace detection done on the hands and brace. This can be done in private screening just by requesting it. You also have the option to opt out for a full body pat down.

    My ultimate recommendation (if you travel enough to justify it) is to apply for the pre-check program. If the leg brace contains no metal you can walk through the metal detector. If it does, you can opt out for a "modified" pat down in which the officer will conduct a pat down that does not include the inner/upper thigh. This option of course is only available to pre-check passengers that will alarm a walk through metal detector (such as those with knee, hip, and heart implants).

    You can also contact the TSA through the TSA Cares portion of the website and pre-alert them to your needs. When you do this you can request a passenger support specialist certified officer and they can escort and assist you through the entire screening process from the curb-side to the gate. This will give you more of a one on one experience while maintaining top level dignity.

    Let me know if I can help in anyway.

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    Thank you so much this really helps. I will look in to the pre-check program. Thanks agin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkyfrom21st View Post
    Thank you so much this really helps. I will look in to the pre-check program. Thanks agin.
    You can start the process at tsa.gov Once you have put in your information you can schedule the fingerprints and 5 minute interview at one of your bigger local airports. If you travel internationally you can do global entry card from customs and border protection which once issued will give you access to the TSA Pre Check program by using your CBP number as your known traveler number when you book your tickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblueblanket View Post
    You can start the process at tsa.gov Once you have put in your information you can schedule the fingerprints and 5 minute interview at one of your bigger local airports. If you travel internationally you can do global entry card from customs and border protection which once issued will give you access to the TSA Pre Check program by using your CBP number as your known traveler number when you book your tickets.
    I will have to think hard about it as I only fly once or twice a year, $85 for 5 to 10 flights, and I haven't been overseas in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblueblanket View Post
    (<---Works for TSA) It will most likely show up on the body scanner. The leg brace will definitely show up. The purpose of the disability notification card is to allow you to communicate with the officers a need that you wish to not voice publicly. The current standard operating procedures dictate that all areas must be cleared before you can enter the sterile area of the airport. My recommendation is to use the notification card to explain the "groin anomaly" that will most likely be detected by the scanner. This will require a resolution pat down of the alarmed area and trace detection done on the hands and brace. This can be done in private screening just by requesting it. You also have the option to opt out for a full body pat down.

    My ultimate recommendation (if you travel enough to justify it) is to apply for the pre-check program. If the leg brace contains no metal you can walk through the metal detector. If it does, you can opt out for a "modified" pat down in which the officer will conduct a pat down that does not include the inner/upper thigh. This option of course is only available to pre-check passengers that will alarm a walk through metal detector (such as those with knee, hip, and heart implants).

    You can also contact the TSA through the TSA Cares portion of the website and pre-alert them to your needs. When you do this you can request a passenger support specialist certified officer and they can escort and assist you through the entire screening process from the curb-side to the gate. This will give you more of a one on one experience while maintaining top level dignity.

    Let me know if I can help in anyway.
    How often do you encounter passengers wearing diapers? I have to imagine it's common enough that most TSA officers are aware of the issue and can recognize an adult diaper on the scanner and realize it's not an underwear bomb.

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    I haven't bothered with the pre-check, but still fly often enough. Most times I get waived through to the head of the line anyways (i walk with a cane). Just give yourself extra time for the line anyways and there's no need to fork out the extra money.

    And as I mentioned before, I've gone through the body scanner with an absolutely soaked diaper. Nothing was said, I had a quick pat down right there, and I was on, my way in less than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTrePid View Post
    How often do you encounter passengers wearing diapers? I have to imagine it's common enough that most TSA officers are aware of the issue and can recognize an adult diaper on the scanner and realize it's not an underwear bomb.
    With how busy our airport is I encounter at least one a day during a shift. Its pretty obvious that its a diaper but HQ routinely tests the officers to try to expose weakness in the system. Officers have failed because what they detected they thought was a diaper when in turn it was test. This unfortunately has caused officers to use less common sense and not ask the appropriate questions or to follow the in place protocol and be a little harsh to the passenger who is just trying to get through. Testers aren't supposed to "socially engineer" their way through the checkpoint but they frequently do in an attempt to be successful in their mission.

    If you tell me its a diaper and I can reasonably articulate that to my supervisors it's usually no problem and the process goes very fast.
    Last edited by babyblueblanket; 01-Feb-2017 at 14:47. Reason: Added comment

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblueblanket View Post
    With how busy our airport is I encounter at least one a day during a shift. Its pretty obvious that its a diaper but HQ routinely tests the officers to try to expose weakness in the system. Officers have failed because what they detected they thought was a diaper when in turn it was test. This unfortunately has caused officers to use less common sense and not ask the appropriate questions or to follow the in place protocol and be a little harsh to the passenger who is just trying to get through. Testers aren't supposed to "socially engineer" their way through the checkpoint but they frequently do in an attempt to be successful in their mission.

    If you tell me its a diaper and I can reasonably articulate that to my supervisors it's usually no problem and the process goes very fast.
    Wait, how do they make a person wearing a diaper into a test? At no point has anyone been able to turn a wet diaper into a weapon of mass destruction (in spite of the bad smell).

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