Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Develops Disability Communication Card

Regular blog readers have often heard me talk about the joys of traveling with a suitcase full of medical devices, medical supplies and lots and lots of medicines. I'm the businessman's nightmare in the security line at the airport. One of the reasons I now use airport assistance (I didn't used to do it)  is because it's a way to avoid holding up the entire security line while TSA inspects all the unusual items in my suitcase.

Today I saw this item in the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) newsletter. I thought perhaps others with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome or Chediak-Higashi Syndrome could use this.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Develops Disability Communication Card

The TSA has recognized that some individuals need a discreet way to communicate with Transportation Security Officers (TSO) that they have a disability, medical condition or medical device that might affect their screening. In response, the TSA is offering a disability communication card that can be downloaded, printed and handed to the TSO. The card cannot be used to exempt an individual from screening, but allows a private means to inform the TSO and reduce delays in airport security. Access the card here: http://www.rarediseases.org/pdf/TSA_Cards.pdf.

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