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An estimated 350,000 people in the United States use insulin pumps. These lifesaving devices replace the need for frequent injections by delivering insulin through the pump. It works 24-hours, 7-days-a-week to keep glucose levels under control.

Insulin pumps are effectively part of the body of a person with diabetes. People sleep with them and exercise with them. There are waterproof models that allow for swimming and bathing without disconnecting the device. So, of course, people will travel with the pumps as well, but a recent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) procedure change is making that needlessly complicated.

Previously any passenger for any reason was allowed to request a pat-down search at security checkpoints. Many people with insulin pumps have opted for this choice, as the devices should not go through x-ray machines and research on the safety of the new AIT scanners is inconclusive. But now, TSA officers have the right to deny pat-down requests "if warranted by security considerations." Refusal to go through a scanner allows the TSA to prevent passengers from boarding their flights.

Only a tiny fraction of the 318 million Americans wear insulin pumps, and far fewer take a plane on any given day. The combination of the relative rarity of an insulin pump with the TSA's abysmal turnover rate, 7 or 8% among full-time officers and 20% among part-time, means that many agents may not have encountered an insulin pump before.

And now the TSA's new policy allows them to force people with pumps through potentially harmful scanners.

When the memo detailing the policy change was released, it gave no reason for the TSA's shift in protocol. The TSA said in a statement that most passengers won't be affected by the change: "This will occur in a very limited number of circumstances where enhanced screening is required."

But insulin pump wearers ARE affected. And we have a right to keep our equipment safe from ignorant TSA officers who might deny us a pat-down.

Tell the TSA Administrator to reinstate the opt-out option so diabetics with insulin pumps can travel safely while protecting their life-saving equipment.

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To TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger,

I am writing to express my concern and disagreement with your recent policy change which allows TSA officers to deny pat-down requests at checkpoints "if warranted by security considerations."

The TSA's statement that, "this will occur in a very limited number of circumstances where enhanced screening is required," shows a lack of empathy and awareness of the diversity of the traveling public, especially those who rely upon delicate medical devices to survive.

Only a tiny fraction of the 318 million Americans wear insulin pumps, and far fewer take a plane on any given day. The combination of the relative rarity of an insulin pump with the TSA's abysmal turnover rate, 7 or 8% among full-time officers and 20% among part-time, means that many agents may not have encountered an insulin pump before.

In the past, any passenger for any reason was allowed to request a pat-down search at security checkpoints. Many people with insulin pumps have opted for this choice, as the devices should not go through x-ray machines and research on the safety of the new AIT scanners is inconclusive. This is a perfectly legitimate reason to refuse to go through a scanner, but your new policy takes away our rights to be assured a pat-down. Refusal to go through a scanner allows the TSA to prevent passengers from boarding their flights.

Must we choose between our lives and the freedom to fly?

Please, reverse your stance on the opt-out protocols so diabetics with insulin pumps can travel safely while protecting their life-saving equipment.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 4, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Aug 24, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 14, 2017 Linda Jones
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Aug 9, 2017 Kevin Lawson
Jul 14, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
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Jun 25, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
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Jun 13, 2017 Linda Butler
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May 30, 2017 Teresa Kohl
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Apr 22, 2017 Michela Tognoni
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Apr 8, 2017 Lisa Emeott
Apr 2, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 15, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
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Feb 15, 2017 Linda Haines
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes
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Jan 28, 2017 Michelle Howe
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Jan 23, 2017 Rogi Rogic
Jan 23, 2017 Nina Domergue
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
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