Can I wear prosthetics or gel-filled breast forms whilst travelling?

Items such as gel-filled breast forms and other prosthetics do not need to meet carry-on liquid limit if they are considered medically necessary.

If travelling with a prosthetic, make sure it has no metal parts. Some items underneath clothing may show as an anomaly on the scan and trigger the machine. If this happens, you should explain calmly to the officer what the item is. You should not be asked to remove or raise any items of clothing to reveal the item to them, nor should you be asked to remove it in a public place, but you may be subject to a further search.

Can I bring liquid hormones with me whilst travelling?

If you are travelling with medical supplies such as hormones or other medications, store them together in the same bag with their original packaging if possible. You’ll need a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are for and to act as proof that they have been prescribed to you. Liquid hormones may not need to meet the carry-on liquid limit if they are considered medically necessary.

However, if you want to carry over 100ml of liquid medication, please check with your airline before you fly. Alternatively, medication could potentially be placed in checked baggage to avoid any hassle with security. Always check before you travel.

Can I wear a chest binder whilst travelling?

A chest binder can be worn on all forms of transport, including a plane.

What if my passport does not have my preferred name/name I used to book a flight?

Passengers on an airplane must provide proof of identity when they check-in for their flight. Your name must match that on your passport or government-issued photographic ID. If you do have different names and genders or different documents however, you might be able to choose which one to use, provided it meets airline ID requirements and matches the name used on your reservation. You should check with your airline/travel agent before booking.

Can I request a private search in airports if I don’t feel comfortable having it done in public?

At any point in the process of being searched in airports, you may ask to have a search done privately. If you do so, you will be taken to a private area, out of view of the public and other members of staff. You will then undergo a full body search both by hand and by the use of a hand-held metal detector. The officer conducting the search will be accompanied by a second officer of the same sex who will act as a witness.  You may also take a witness with you (of any sex).