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TSA Launches Helpline for Disabled Travelers

January 11, 2012 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

Travel agents with disabled clients may find the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) newly launched TSA Cares helpline of use. The toll free number is designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions prior to getting to the airport. 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.

Since its inception, the TSA says it has provided information to all travelers through its TSA Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

The basics: When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a representative will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA. TSA recommends that passengers call approximately 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary.

"Every person and item must be screened before entering the secure area of an airport and the manner in which the screening is conducted will depend on the passenger’s abilities and any specific equipment brought to the security checkpoint," TSA says.

"TSA strives to provide the highest level of security while ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity and respect.The agency works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly," the TSA says.

All travelers may ask to speak to a TSA supervisor if questions about screening procedures arise while at the security checkpoint, TSA says.

The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. After hours, travelers can find information about traveling with disabilities and medical needs on TSA’s website. 


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By George Dooley | January 11, 2012
The new toll free number can assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.