Before you go
When booking your ticket, you may want to select an aisle seat near the restrooms to alleviate some of your concerns.
TSA now allows scissors inside your carry-on for domestic flights within the US, but if you're traveling internationally the rules often differ. For travel abroad, try to pre-cut your barriers before you leave and/or pack scissors in your checked luggage only.
Regardless of how or where you're traveling, you may find that it's easier to plan ahead and cut all of your barriers to the right size before you leave home. And it's good to be prepared - bring 2-3 times the number of pouches / barriers you think you may need - preferably in your carry-on luggage in case your luggage gets separated from you, as you never know what may happen and whether you'll be able to get supplies at your destination!
Going through security
The security scanner might detect your pouch, however, you should not have to show your pouch even if it's empty. You do not have to show your pouch, and security should not ask you to remove clothing to expose it or let them touch it. You may be asked to rub your hand against the pouch on the outside of your clothes, but that should be the extent of the examination.
You can always show them a Travel Communication Card like the provided by the United Ostomy Associations of America, which is designed to simplify communication about your medical needs in a discreet way. You can also review the security screening guidelines and carry-on rules laid out by the Transportation Security Association (TSA) at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening).
For more ostomy-specific travel tips and security information, check out the UOAA's tip sheet and additional resources here: http://www.ostomy.org/Ostomy_Travel_Tips.html.
In the air
There is a slight risk that the pressure will cause the pouch to inflate like a balloon. If this should happen, simply go into the bathroom and empty your pouch. Remember that ballooning is often caused by something you ate or drank - so when you're flying, be extra careful with carbonated beverages.
If you have other concerns before flying, it is always a good idea to talk to your ostomy nurse to answer any questions before you leave town. You are also welcome to contact one of our Care Advisors at 1-888-726-7872.