I am also an amputee, as well as a personal injury attorney in California. According to experts, one of the best things an amputee can do to make the security process go more smoothly, especially during the holidays, is to give yourself plenty of time. Travelers should arrive at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights, so that there is plenty of time to get through the security screening.
The TSA’s website (tsa.gov) has a wealth of information about TSA screening procedures. There is a number to call for questions, and a list of frequently asked questions that may help. You can also download a special card that will discreetly notify a TSA officer of a disability or medical condition that may affect the screening – however, you still must be screened before boarding the plane.
If you travel fairly regularly, you may consider enrolling in TSA’s precheck program. Members of the program go through a security check in advance, submit paperwork, and pay a fee, but once they are in the program they do not have to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or jackets during the screening process at the airport. If you travel with a companion, the companion must also have enrolled in the precheck program in order to accompany you.
As an amputee, I understand how frustrating dealing with airports and security checkpoints can be for some amputees. If you believe that your legal rights as an amputee have been violated, you should call an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney, at 310-651-8272. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.