SENIORS: NEW TSA TRAVEL RULES

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Learn New Travel Protocol

A number of new rules in effect from the TSA created changes that affect senior travel in the United States. Since travel is one of senior citizen’s favorite past-times, we all need to be aware of the changes.

If you are 75 or older, you no longer have to remove your shoes or jackets when you go through security. Many seniors take advantage of assistance offered because of aging and handicapping conditions, and are taken through security on a wheelchair. Not removing shoes or jackets just makes the process easier for us.

The TSA also has a PreCheck program. Delta, United and US Airways are the only companies offering the program at this time, but the TSA says they are working with other airlines to offer this service to passengers. PreCheck means that frequent travelers who are US citizens can register with the TSA and their security check-in is considerably less cumbersome. They no longer have to remove

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • Belt

Body scanning has also been removed from security at airports. The company didn’t change the software it was using (it was too revealing) and the TSA terminated the contract. This month (June, 2013), the TSA will again use software that produces a generic body image when targeted items (usually metallic) are on the passenger. Seniors can still opt for a pat-down by a TSA agent instead of going through the scanner.

As always, watch the TSA and U.S. State Department websites for the latest information before you take your next trip.

 



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