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Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2013

New law puts those who have been injured while serving on the airport security fast track.

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Holiday travel just got easier. New legislation puts veterans with a disability on the airport security fast track.

After hearing accounts of wounded and disabled veterans having to remove clothing or prosthetics in front of other passengers, or awkwardly moving through screening machines without the help of a prosthetic leg or limb, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took action. She introduced legislation to ensure proper treatment for those who have been injured while serving.

The bipartisan measure signed into law Aug. 9, morphed from the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Wounded Warrior Screening Program. The effort to provide sensitive screening to severely injured or disabled service members and veterans will continue permanently.

In addition, enhancements including expedited screening and waiving the requirement to remove shoes, light jackets and hats at security checkpoints have been added. 

To ensure each person is treated correctly, the law requires TSA to train all screeners on the Wounded Warrior Screening Program protocols and continue communication between TSA officials and veterans advocacy organizations.

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