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Updated White House Advisement for PWD, August 17, 2006

Aug 22, 2006
What to Know Before You Go
Due to enhanced security measures liquids, gels, lotions and other items of similar consistency will not be permitted in carry-on baggage. These types of items must be packed in your checked baggage.
Additionally, liquids, gels and lotions purchased beyond the checkpoint but must be disposed of before boarding the aircraft.
To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers the following items are permitted.
• Baby formula, breast milk, or milk if a baby or small child is traveling
• Liquid or gel prescription medicines with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket (name on bottle must match your ticket)
• Liquids (to include juice and water) or gels for persons with diabetes or other medical conditions in quantities up to 5 oz per container.
• Essential non-prescription liquid and gel medications up to 4 oz per container (to include saline solution, eye care products, and KY jelly)
• Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics worn for medical reasons
• Gel-filled wheelchair cushions
• Life support and life sustaining liquids (bone marrow, blood products, body organs)
We encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras in their checked baggage. We recognize the sensitivity of the issue and we are reaching out to key women’s medical associations to assist passengers and make information available to them while respecting their privacy. Passengers with medical gel prosthetics will be permitted through security checkpoints.
All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.

Disability and medically related items permitted beyond the checkpoint include: wheelchairs; scooters; crutches; canes; walkers; prosthetic devices; casts; support braces; support appliances; service animals; any and all diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies; orthopedic shoes; exterior medical devices; assistive/adaptive equipment; augmentation devices; ostomy supplies; medications and associated supplies; hearing aids; cochlear implants; tools for wheelchair disassembly/reassembly; personal supplemental oxygen; CPAP machines; respirators; CO2 personal oxygen concentrators; baby apnea monitors; Braille note takers; slate and stylus; tools for prosthetic devices; and any other disability-related equipment and associated supplies.

TSA’s Checkpoint Security Screening Procedures for persons with disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature have not changed as a result of the current threat situation.

People with Disabilities, those with prosthetic devices, and those with medical conditions DO NOT have to remove their shoes during this heightened security level nor has this been the case during routine travel times. Those who keep their shoes on will be subjected to additional screening that includes a visual/physical and explosive trace detection sampling of their footwear.

You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids. Please remember these items must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol.
Only the items mentioned above are permitted in your carry-on bags and through security checkpoints once they have been screened. If you have questions or doubts on certain items, place those in your checked baggage.
Prohibited Items
To help you understand what you should or should not bring in your carry-on baggage, we have provided the following list of common items you may be traveling with. Remember, liquids, gels and aerosols are prohibited. Please leave those items at home or pack them in your checked baggage.

Makeup and Personal Items
Aerosol spray bottles and cans
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.
Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents
Deodorants made of gel or aerosol
Hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol
Hair straightener or detangler
Lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex
Liquid lip glosses or other liquids for lips
Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled bubble bath balls or bath oils or moisturizers
Liquid foundations
Liquid, gel or spray perfumes or colognes
Liquid sanitizers
Liquid soaps
Liquid mascara
Make up removers or facial cleansers
Nail polish and removers
Shampoos and conditioners

Food and Drinks
All beverages
Cheese in pressurized containers
Gel based sports supplements
Whipped cream
Yogurt or gel like food substances
Other Items
Gel-type candles
Gel shoe inserts

Please keep in mind, that while we can not provide an exhaustive list of items that covering all eventualities, all liquids, gels, or aerosols of any kind are prohibited at security checkpoints, in airport sterile areas, and aboard aircraft. You can pack these items in your checked baggage.
We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.
Travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature may want to consider the following:

• Arriving at the airport well in advance, 2-3 hours prior to flight
• Following all published rules on carry-on items and medications
• Viewing TSA website tips for persons with disabilities and medical conditions and other TSA screening advisements located on TSA’s website under “Our Travelers”
• Bringing documentation on medications, devices, medical condition where possible. This is not a requirement and will not exempt a passenger from the screening process.
• Packing medications in a clear bag separate from other carry-on items/bags
• Ensuring that medically prescribed medication bottles (name on bottle) match your ticket
• Exercising patience with the lines, delays, and stringent screening procedures

For additional information on transportation security:

Overall guidance to travelers with disabilities is located on the web site of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration at: This guidance includes disability/medical conditions specific tips.

We also recommend you check TSA’s website for changes before you travel.

If you have additional concerns or questions you can also contact TSA’s Call Center at
1-866-289-9673 or by email at

For concerns about potential civil rights violations, you can contact TSA’s Office of Civil Rights at 1-877-336-4872, TTY 800-877-8339 or by email at

For information about overall air travel accessibility:

DOT Air Carrier Access Hotline 1-800-778-4838

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