TSA To Retrain Airport Screeners
To help insure safe and comfortable travel for persons with limb loss, the ACA has been working closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish new screening guidelines and standards that protect and respect the rights of amputees.
The TSA released two training videos to major airports nationwide in December 2004. The first video will teach airport screeners the basics of prosthetics as well as provide instruction on the new guidelines and standards for screening amputees. The second video is an overview highlighting the standard operating procedures for screening people with disabilities in general. The TSA is releasing these videos to ensure that equal treatment is shown to all travelers, regardless of disability.
The dissemination of these training tools should accelerate the overall improvement of the screening process, according to the ACA. Training is ongoing and will continue throughout the holidays and into the new year.