Travelers with special needs
To ensure the security of travelers it is important that all passengers and carry-on bags are screened at the security check-point. The Government recognizes that some passengers will have special needs when travelling through our airports and has provided training to security screening officers to ensure that all passengers are treated fairly and with respect when going through security screening at the airport.
This section provides information to help passengers with special needs get through security checks efficiently and with ease.
Passengers with a medical condition or physical challenge
Physically challenged passengers and those with a medical condition may have specific needs and requirements when traveling through our airports. Medical items that you may need during your flight, such as prescription medicines are allowed in your carry-on bags. Following the simple steps below will help you get through the security screening point quickly.
Packing your carry-on bags
- Some medical items that take are in liquid, aerosol or gel form are exempt from the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels and can be packed in your carry-on bags. These include prescription medicine and prescribed medical devices. Information on what you cannot take on board is also available.
- Reasonable quantities of non-prescription medicines are allowed onboard. However, security screening officers have the final say on what a reasonable quantity is.
- Mobility aids such as walking sticks and crutches can be taken on board, but are subject to the screening process.
- Hypodermic needles can also be packed in your carry-on bags but you must have proof that they are medically necessary.
Going through security checks
- Present any liquid, aerosol or gel medications, along with any supporting documentation to security screening officers at the screening point.
- Walking aids and wheelchairs must be screened at the security check-point. These aids may need to undergo an X-ray or explosive trace detection test.
- Wheelchair users can choose to have a physical search rather than go through the metal detection equipment. This search can also be conducted in private on request.
- Inform the security screening officer if you have any medical conditions, such as a pacemaker, that might be affected by security screening.
Travelers with specific cultural or religious requirements
Everyone, regardless of their religious or cultural background, has to be screened at the screening points at our airports. The Tanzania Government understands that some cultures incorporate elements of clothing into their religious observance. To respect these requirements, the Government provides the option for individuals to be screened in a private room, if requested.
Packing your carry-on bags
Check with your airline before you travel regarding items you cannot take onboard. Some religious items could be considered a prohibited item or weapon under our law. Click here to get list of prohibited items.
- If you are carrying a prohibited item or weapon in your carry-on baggage or on your person, security screening staff may be able to make arrangements for you to pack this item in your checked baggage, however this may not always be possible. Where it is not possible, you will have to surrender the item to pass through the security screening point. It is best to pack these items in your checked baggage, if permitted.
Travelers who have hearing or vision impairment
Travelers who have hearing or vision impairment may have specific needs and requirements when flying out of our airports. Security screening officers may use hand signals to gain the attention of a passenger who has hearing impairment. Screening officers are trained to talk passengers with such needs and not to their escorts. It is important for a passenger with hearing or visual impairment to understand what they need to do to assist with the security screening process.
When going through security checks
- Passengers who are visually impaired may prefer to undergo a physical search rather than go through the metal detection equipment. The passenger can request that they stand or sit for the physical search, and have the option for the screening to take place in private, if they wish.
- Where it is necessary for security screening officers to search the belongings of a person who is visually impaired, they are trained to replace the items in their original location so they can easily be found again.
- Hearing aids are considered to be part of the person who is wearing them, and as such, the wearer will not be asked to remove their hearing aid prior to being screened.
Travelling with children
Travelling with children, especially young children, puts special demands on the adults responsible for their wellbeing. Following the simple steps below will help make your journey as safe and comfortable as possible.
Packing your bags
Remember the restrictions on travelling with liquids, aerosols and gels through our airports. However, you are allowed to take baby products onboard that may be needed during the course of your flight. This could include medicines, milk or food for your child.
Pushchairs and prams must be screened before you board the plane with them, but many airlines do not allow these items in the cabin due to space and stowage constraints. Check with your airline for more information.
Going through security checks
Babies and toddlers must be carried through the passenger screening checks by a responsible adult. If your child is able to walk by themselves, they should walk through the metal detector on their own.
Present any baby products that you wish to take onboard to security screening officers before going through security checks. Security screening officers have the final say on what a reasonable amount of baby products is.
Travelling with a laptop
You should take your laptop out of its bag and place it in the tray provided at the airport screening point. Removing your laptop from its bag will ensure screening officers have an unobstructed view as it moves through the screening equipment.
- Laptops are easier to get out of the bag and into the screening point tray if they are not covered by papers, mobile phones and other objects.
- Neatly-packed bags are less likely to need to be re-screened.
Travelling with sports equipment
Some sporting equipment is prohibited from being brought on board as a carry-on bag because it could injure other passengers. These items may be packed in your checked baggage. Any sharp objects should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screening officers.
You are not allowed to carry the following sporting items in your carry-on baggage:
- Baseball, softball, and cricket bats or similar objects;
- Hockey and lacrosse sticks or similar objects;
- Racquets used in squash, tennis, badminton or other sports;
- Billiard, pool or snooker cues;
- Ski poles;
- Golf clubs;
- ce skates; or
- Rock climbing equipment such as pitons, hooks, hammers and bolts.
Each airline operates under its own Conditions of Carriage, which may indicate what you cannot take onboard or pack in your checked baggage. Passengers are advised to check with their airline if unsure whether they can take a particular item onboard or pack it in their baggage.
See list of dangerous goods that are not permitted onboard an aircraft.