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TSA – Because I’m Special

December 6, 2006

As everyone is getting ready for holiday traveling, I decided it may be helpful to put up a little travel guide.  See, I am a fairly high maintanence traveler.  Between the knitting, the instrument and the prosthetic leg I always want to be careful about my rights as a traveler as well as what is allowed.

If you are an amputee, I highly recommend checking out the TSA website on prosthetics.  I often take a print out of what to expect, just in case the tsa worker doesn’t know, or it’s their first day.  That way, even if they don’t know what’s going on, I do.

They do allow knitting items on the plane, so all the knitters can make good use of airport time.  For more information on what is allowed, and what isn’t see the article on
transporting knitting items.

I also often travel with my instrument.  I’m lucky because I can take my violin oon the plane and in the overhead bins, but not instrument is small.  If you do have to check your instrument, make sure to include handleing instructions on the inside of the case.  This way if they search it, the handler knows what to do.  TSA has also published an article on transporting musical instruments.

Hope this helps, and safe travels to you all.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2006 5:12 pm

    I never thought about what pepole with prosthetic limbs go through when they fly – I bet the new TSA rules must be kinda a pain in the rear for you. My hubby bought a drum when we were in California this past summer. In the end, we decided that it was better to pay for the shipping rather than have to deal with the TSA and risk having his precious new baby injured. ;)

  2. December 6, 2006 6:01 pm

    you are wonderful. :)

    If you ever have to go to a courthouse for any reason leave extra time and try to find the “alternate” entrance (at least courthouses here in NY have two entrances the “main” front one and a side door). It’ll be less stressful (hey I use it and i only carry forks that get confiscated to the delight of the security guards)… I have an attorney with a hook and cable-shoulder harness mechanism for his prosthesis. Traveling to court we try to leave a bit extra early, it doesn’t take too long b/c once he says what is causing the beeping they know how to “check him” but he still gets flustered.

    i’m going to dub my 4″ metal dpn’s as potential weapons and switch to bamboo when we flight out west on the 19th. (waah)

    I’ve never tried to travel on a plane with my bassoon. I can only image. I would have to check my reed kit, that’s for sure…

  3. December 9, 2006 3:26 pm

    Thanks for that information! I also had never considered the difficulty of flying with prosthetics. What a pain in the rear.

    For my part, I love that TSA website. I’m taking my video game system (gamecube) home for Christmas, and I’m glad to know the TSA suggests “fragile, expensive” electronics go in carryon. I was worried that I’d have to check my gamecube, and then I’d worry about it during the whole flight.

  4. Jodie permalink
    December 13, 2006 9:34 pm

    Doing the whole prosthetic check can be a little bit of a pain, but I would rather they do it. It really hasn’t changed that much since 9/11, I’ve always had to have a manual pat down. The biggest pain is that more people are having to have a pat down, so now it takes longer.

    I’m glad you found the travel tips helpful. Happy travels!

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