You may recall I wrote the TSA asking them to consider digestive disorders when writing their new security procedures. My email is in a prior thread if anyone wants to link it here for me. Here is their response:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) response to the December 25, 2009, incident when an individual onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 set off a device and was subdued by passengers and crew. We apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
As a result of this incident, TSA has worked with airline and law enforcement authorities, as well as Federal, State, local, and international partners to put additional security measures in place to ensure aviation security remains strong. Passengers traveling domestically and internationally to U.S. destinations may notice additional screening measures.
On January 3, 2010, TSA issued a new security directive to all U.S. and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners. TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. TSA directed the increase use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for majority passengers on U.S. bound international flights. Passengers should allow additional time to get through security on international flights bound to U.S. These times may vary by airport--check with your airport or airline.
Additionally, the directive gives airlines discretion in implementing portions of the security directive. This includes passenger movement within the cabin and access to carry-on items. Passengers should contact their airlines if they experience problems regarding these restrictions or for special needs. For more information and updates, visit TSA's Web site at www.tsa.gov.
We hope this information is helpful.
TSA Contact Center
I emailed them because the answer to my question was NOT on their website. Directing me to their website for more information is pointless. The first half of this email has absolutely nothing to do with my question. The part that finally gets to my question is extremely vague. I read it to say "airlines can do what they want. Call them if you have a disability." I also love that it says "if you experience a problem regarding these restrictions." They didn't tell us what the restriction would be. So in other words, if after the fact, you have been injured by a discriminatory policy, feel free to call and complain. I'm sure that would do a lot of good. I guess what I take from that is talk to your airline and flight crew. At least it is discretionary.
That is a disappointing response. Not very personable, like a copy and paste form. You made a good effort for us. Thanks.