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Extra security precautions are being taken at airports and other transit hubs worldwide. A little pre-planning and understanding of both security rules and your right to privacy can help you avoid problems in transit and enjoy your travels.

In particular, remember that all airport screenings must be conducted with courtesy, dignity and respect. You may request screening in a private area at all airports and most international destinations.

A few tips to keep you on the go:

  • Be sure to pre-cut all cut-to-fit barriers at home.
    • Carry a Travel Communication Card (available from the Ostomy Canada Society or AQPS in Quebec). This card proves your need for stoma care supplies. You can show it to security personnel if you’re asked about your ostomy supplies.
    • While the card does not preclude the possibility that you will be searched, it identifies you as having a stoma and encourages the agent to carry out any necessary searches with discretion.
  • Pack at least three days worth of ostomy supplies in your carry-on luggage—just in case your checked luggage is misplaced.
  • Take extra supplies, in case of delays and/or non-availability at your destination.