Card Issued for Air Travelers with Disabilities

Notification card alerts security screeners to passengers' disabilities and medical conditions

Article Highlights:
  • The government-issued card allows people to discreetly advise airport screeners of medical devices or health conditions.
  • It doesn’t exempt users from screening, but may make the process smoother, faster and more private.
  • It can be printed and filled out from home.
by Bill Norman on August 26, 2010 - 9:16am

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a notification card that should make commercial air travel a little easier for people with disabilities.

The blue, wallet-sized card allows people to discreetly notify airport security personnel of a disability, medical condition or medical device that might affect the screening they’re required to undergo before boarding a plane.

The card can be printed off on a home computer.

The government agency says the optional cards serve the dual purpose of protecting passenger privacy and facilitating the screening process. Although the card doesn’t allow the user to skip the screening, it states that “alternative procedures which provide an equivalent level of security screening are available and can be done in private.”

The card, available here as a downloadable PDF file, may be printed out on a home computer and filled in with the user’s personal information.

For more tips and information about traveling with a disability, see

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