Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TSA Travel Tips for Pregnant Passengers


Traveling at any time can be stressful, but it can be even more challenging when you’re pregnant.  Here’s some information to help you prepare for the checkpoint process:

  • Consult your physician before your visit to the airport. 
  • Make sure to give yourself plenty of time before your scheduled flight, especially if you plan on opting out.
  • Ask for help getting your bag on the belt if you need assistance.

Understandably, many expectant mothers are concerned about going through screening technology.  Before deploying any technology, TSA conducts a variety of tests to ensure it’s safe for all passengers, including pregnant women.  TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology and walk through metal detector systems do not use X-rays to produce the image, but instead use non-ionizing electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the body.  According to research conducted by the Center for Devices and radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration, it is safe for everyone, including pregnant women, to go through these machines.   If you would like to read more about the testing conducted by the FDA, please visit fda.gov.

If you are pregnant and still concerned, you can opt out of going through screening technology altogether and requesting a pat down. The pat-down will be conducted by a female Transportation Security Officer, who will advise you about the pat-down details.  This isn’t done to punish anyone because they opt out; we just want to make sure every passenger is screened equally prior to getting on an airplane.
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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

>> we just want to make sure every passenger is
>> screened equally prior to getting on an airplane.

Except for those under 12.
Or over 75.
Or who have been directed to the Pre line by the magic arrow tablet app.

Anonymous said...

If a pregnant woman, or anyone for that matter, opted out of AIT, why wouldn't having them walk through a metal detector be considered adequate screening?

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense.

Anonymous said...

Why would a pregnant woman opt out of the AIT, but be ok with the metal detector?

Anonymous said...

Passengers directed to the Pre-check line still have to go through either technology; children still walk through the metal detector, so do those over 75.

Anonymous said...

What about post pregnancy? Can they expect to be held hostage like Stacey Amatto was by TSA screeners?

Were any TSA employees ever held accountable for those illegal acts?

Anonymous said...

I flew out of Orlando last week and had a pleasant experience with the TSA. It took me about 5 minutes to get through security and it was somewhat busy. I managed to get sent to the Pre Check line because an arrow on a tablet directed me there.

The screening I experienced should be the standard level. Unless you have some reason to suspect something is wrong or someone is randomly selected for more screening, everybody should be screened at the Pre Check level.

Anonymous said...

U must comply to fly..surrender of civil liberties for the appearance of security. Send the tza to the border. We already had real similar airport security.

Peggy said...

What about when the baby is born and parents are told they have to be subjected to aphysucally invasive patdown to "allowed" by the TSA to carry food or drink for their child?

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting to hear anything about the TSA actually studying the exposure rates from the AIT machines - but not on the passengers going throught them, on the TSO's who stand on the "sterile side" directing the passengers. One scan a minute, 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week... How much IRD is that? I'm sure I would be arrested if I were to hand the TSOs at my local airports some personal dosimeters. The person sitting at the baggage scanner has to be picking up a few seiverts/month.

Susan Richart said...

Here's something for Bob to do when he comes back from vacation or wherever he's been:

Log on to your Blogger account and make the "leave page" pop-up window go away.

Are you tracking you tracking your bounce rate? If so, isn't it strange that the TSA would be tracking the bounce rate of its blog but won't track the false alarm rate of its nude body scanners.

Anyway, like the TSA, the pop-up is totally annoying.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

West, I have proven that the TSA "CAN I TAKE" tool does not state that medical nitroglycerin is an allowed item even giving examples of how that response differs from other medicines.

How long before you own up to the fact that the response returned does not answer the question and I reject the idea that a green bar is responsive without a key showing what the green bar means. A green bar has no more meaning than the fake cop badges TSA employees wear,

All that needs to be done is adding language that says medical nitro is allowed. Use the same wording as displayed for other mrdicines.

Why is this so difficult for TSA to address?

The CAPTCHA is still showing Ad Choice Photo Sphere.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Anonymous said...
Why would a pregnant woman opt out of the AIT, but be ok with the metal detector?"

Because the WTMD does not emit ionizing radiation.

A WTMD creates a magnetic field (radio waves) and responds to changes in that field causes by metallic objects.

Anonymous said...

"TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology and walk through metal detector systems do not use X-rays to produce the image..."

Until very recently, TSA also used X-ray technology to scan passengers. Are you admitting that the X-ray scanners were NOT, in fact, safe for pregnant women to be exposed to? If as you claim you conduct "a variety of tests to ensure it’s safe for all passengers, including pregnant women", why did you deploy the X-ray scanners in the first place?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology and walk through metal detector systems do not use X-rays to produce the image..."

Until very recently, TSA also used X-ray technology to scan passengers. Are you admitting that the X-ray scanners were NOT, in fact, safe for pregnant women to be exposed to? If as you claim you conduct "a variety of tests to ensure it’s safe for all passengers, including pregnant women", why did you deploy the X-ray scanners in the first place?

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I think it was scary that they even thought that using x-rays was a good idea in the first place. I'm still concerned about the MMW scanners. All of the major insulin pump manufacturers tell their patients not to go through them. There have been incidents where the pump has malfunctioned after going through the scanner. If the scanner can mess with something as robust as an insulin pump, what is it doing to people?

RB said...

Anonymous said..."TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology and walk through metal detector systems do not use X-rays to produce the image..."Until very recently, TSA also used X-ray technology to scan passengers. Are you admitting that the X-ray scanners were NOT, in fact, safe for pregnant women to be exposed to? If as you claim you conduct "a variety of tests to ensure it’s safe for all passengers, including pregnant women", why did you deploy the X-ray scanners in the first place?July 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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TSA has left the door open for future use of Backscatter Xray Whole Body Strip Search Machines if the ATR problem is solved.

Don't think for a second that TSA gives a hoot about our health and safety when being violated at a TSA checkpoint.

@skywaymanaz said...

"This isn’t done to punish anyone because they opt out; we just want to make sure every passenger is screened equally prior to getting on an airplane."

What about the bullying of passengers who opt out? Every single time I politely and discreetly asked to opt out of the back scatter X-Ray or MMW AIT I was either yelled at by screeners or approached by several of them telling me it was the primary method of screening and I wasn't allowed to refuse screening. Technically the language is correct but I am allowed to opt out. I had to remind them of that repeatedly. Only when I stood my ground or politely asked to see they are wearing dosimeters did they relent and do the pat down. I'm sure Bob or West have an explanation for this that doesn't involve the word "punish" but it always comes across that way. It's less of an issue now for me now that my credit card company paid the bribe to get me Global Entry/TSA PreCheck. I'm sure it continues to affect others with legitimate health concerns daily.

Steven Pointer said...

Why is the font so small? Please enlarge, thank you.

Ann Montes said...

How quaint -- bringing in a female clerk to talk to female citizens. Why didn't you ask Assistant Administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs LuAnn Canipe to write the article herself? That really would have connected with the female citizens of America.

Peggy said...

Blotter Emily (or West),

I commented on July 23:

" Peggy said...

What about when the baby is born and parents are told they have to be subjected to aphysucally invasive patdown to "allowed" by the TSA to carry food or drink for their child?

July 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM "\

Why haven't you responded? Parents want to know.

Anonymous said...

Please train your agents better, b/c if you do opt out of the nudy scanners they do indeed punish you by making you wait, treating you with hostility, yelling at you, making you leave your valuables unattended during the screening.

I am pregnant and my doctor told me to opt out of the scanners as they have never been tested. I flew this weekend and I was treated very poorly at BWI when I opted out.

Peggy said...

Peggy said... Blotter Emily (or West),

I commented on July 23:

" Peggy said...

What about when the baby is born and parents are told they have to be subjected to aphysucally invasive patdown to "allowed" by the TSA to carry food or drink for their child?

July 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM "\

Why haven't you responded? Parents want to know.

August 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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11 days later. Still waiting.

Peggy said...

10 days even later. Still waiting.