Don't be held up at the airport and risk a false alarm with TSA. You can print a Travel Communication Card from the UOAA (United Ostomy Associations of America) website, www.uoaa.org. Download the UOAA's new travel card to assist you in passing through security checks.
If you are having a hard time locating this on the UOAA website, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.Parthenoninc.com to find out more. Parthenon sells discount ostomy supplies across the nation and is based in Salt Lake City, UTAH.
Here are some useful travel tips taken from a fellow ostomate:
- Bring a print-out from TSA website “Tips For the Screening Process” (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1567.shtm)
- Request a private area for a personal search and now that we know we will insist that whoever is accompanying me will go along with during screening.
- Ask the Security Officer to please be discreet about my disability.
- Ask the Security Officer to change her/his gloves before the physical inspection.
- Ask for a visual inspection of Medication and related supplies before screening if we choose.
- I will make sure all your carry-on items; equipment, mobility aids, and devices have an identification tag attached
- I will advise Security Officers upfront that my disability may require some assistance and I move a bit slower
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