This is not a question or even a strictly medical issue, but I thought I would share my experience,so you are prepared in case it happens to any of you. I traveled recently and went through an airport that has the new full body screening machines. Since I have had a mastectomy and use a pocketed bra with prostheses, I was pulled aside as a possible terrorist. After pulling me aside and taking me to a private screening room, my clothes were tested for explosives and I was patted down. Of course, none were found, so I was immediately allowed to proceed to the boarding gate. You should know that silicone scans the same as plastic explosives. I don't know how silicone implants are handled, but anyone who has had reconstructive surgery may also be pulled aside. There is probably not much that can be done about it, so I didn't get too upset, but it was embarrassing. I was traveling with a co-worker whom I had not told of my health issues. She wondered what the problem was.
Thank you for sharing. I had no idea. Hopefully, this will get the word out and others will at least be prepared for the possibility. I am sorry that you had the experience, but thank you for using it to help others.
Just want to say "thank you" also for sharing this information. I haven't heard women who just have breast augmentation talking about this issue. I wonder if others have had the same experience? Is it only the new "whole body" scanners? It's definitely good to know in advance.
As for your coworker, I might have just said, "You didn't know I had a boob job?"!!
I wish you all the best and future good health,
No, I thought I would have to disrobe, but they just tested the outside of my clothing. When I realized I was being singled out, I did tell them I had had a mastectomy, and when I was taken to the screening room, I started to lift my shirt to show them, but they seemed very concerned about what I did with my hands, and told me to put them at my side, so I did. I have heard that you can decline to go through the scanners and have just a pat down. I think I will do that next time. I don't think you need to explain in order to do that. My guess is that the vast majority of people who are singled out are breast cancer survivors. I don't know who else would be wearing silicone.
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