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Security Procedures for Disabled Passengers Are Changing

May 29, 2003

Security Procedures for Disabled Passengers Are Changing
The Transportation Security Administration is now training airport screeners to follow different procedures when screening disabled passengers.

According to, screeners will no longer separate a blind passenger from a guide dog, and then remove the animal’s harness. Screeners also will ask passengers in wheelchairs if they would like to move to a private area before they search the traveler by hand.

Groups representing people with disabilities helped design the training program, which lists guidelines that all screeners must follow.

"TSA’s goal is to ensure that every passenger with a disability knows what to expect at every airport, every time, everywhere," said Sandra Cammaroto, manager of TSA’s screening of persons with disabilities program.

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