As part of the TSA’s risk-based assessment program, seniors over the age of 75 and children under twelve receive modified screening procedures. For example, seniors and children do not have to take off their shoes and are less likely to undergo a physical pat-down. Here are some details you should know for your next vacation:
Q. How are individuals who are 75 and older identified at the checkpoint?
A. Transportation Security Officers make a visual assessment to determine passengers who are 75 or older and inform them of changes to the screening procedures. These procedures are similar to providing modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and under.
Q. Will TSA perform pat-downs on passengers 75 and older?
A. Changes reduce – though not eliminate – the need for a physical pat-down for travelers 75 and older. Passengers 75 and older could still undergo a pat-down and be asked to remove their shoes if anomalies are detected during security screening that cannot be resolved through other means.
Q. Will individuals 75 and older still go through imaging technologies?
A. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) remains a screening option for all passengers able to assume and hold the AIT stance for five seconds. Imaging technology remains optional for all passengers. Senior passengers 75 and older are permitted an additional pass through AIT to clear any anomalies.
Q. What happens if the passenger’s shoes alarm?
A. Passengers 75 or older whose shoes alarm during screening will be advised to take their shoes off during the next security screening pass. All alarms must be resolved.
Q. Are travel companions for individuals 75 and older eligible for modified screening procedures?
A. Only travelers who meet the age requirement of 75 and older are eligible for these modified screening procedures. Passengers 12 and under are also permitted to leave their shoes on during screening.
Q. Are procedures for passengers 75 and older who use wheelchairs changing as well?
A. Passengers 75 and older who are unable to stand for screening will receive a comparable level of screening, including explosives trace detection.
Q. How will the screening of medical devices change for passengers who are 75 and older?
A. Screening procedures for passengers 75 and older with medical devices will not change. These passengers will be provided an additional pass through Advanced Imaging Technology to resolve anomalies.