Traveling with Prosthetics

Are you planning a trip? If you will be traveling with prosthetic devices, there are certain things you need to know.

Use the following guide to relieve travel concerns with prosthetics and make your journey as smooth as possible:

  • Screening process: Keep in mind that security officers will need to see your prosthetic device or brace. They may also need to touch the device.
  • Removal: No need to worry. Security officers won’t ask you to remove your device or brace. Do not remove it or offer to remove it.
  • Privacy: Any time during the screening process, you can ask for a private screening if you prefer this option. You also have the right to refuse a private screening. If you choose to decline this option, you will need to proceed with a public screening. You may also request a disposable drape to provide privacy.
  • Assistance: Whether you complete a public or private screening, you are allowed to have a family member, companion or assistant accompany you throughout the process.
  • Standing: If you are traveling with prosthetic devices, you may feel too weak or unstable to stand for a handheld metal detector process. If so, you may request to sit down after walking through a metal detector.
  • Balance: Notify security if you need assistance during screening. This might include a chair to sit on or a shoulder or arm to lean on.
  • Explosive trace sampling: As part of your security screening, you may need to undergo an explosive trace sampling process. The security officer should explain the process to you in advance. You may be required to raise your clothing to give the officer access to your prosthetic to obtain the sample.
  • Clothing removal: You won’t be required to remove any clothing to provide an explosive trace sample.
  • Security alarm: If your prosthetic sets off the explosive trace alarm, the security officer will try to resolve the issue. If it cannot be resolved, you will not be allowed to proceed through security.

Helpful tips for traveling with prosthetic devices

Now that you have a better idea of what the security process will look like, use the following tips to improve your overall travel experience:

  • Inspect your prosthesis: Before you leave for your trip, examine your prosthesis. Look for tears, cracks, loose components and unusual sounds. If you notice any of these issues, have your prosthesis repaired before your trip.
  • Pack extras: Include extra socks for your prosthesis, an extra socket liner, tape for repairs, plastic bags for protection and a small tool kit.
  • Request the bulkhead: If you’re flying, ask for bulkhead seating. These seats offer extra room and are typically reserved for travelers with disabilities. If these seats are not available, request an aisle seat as close to the front of the plane as possible.
  • Dress loose: Choose slip-on shoes and loose clothing for your travel days. This will make it easier to show your prosthesis if required and help you get through security more quickly.

Get more tips

Do you have additional travel concerns with prosthetics? The team at Prothotic Laboratories, Inc. is here to help. Family-owned and -operated since 1988, we specialize in both adult and pediatric prosthetics. Contact us today with any questions at 631-753-4444.