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Hips and airport security

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Tippy22 Sat 01-Apr-17 16:57:46

I'm going abroad for the first time since having both my hips replaced. My husband says they'll set all the alams off when I go through security. Although he was joking it's got me wondering. Has anybody had experience of this.

Charleygirl Sat 01-Apr-17 17:01:28

Just warn a member of staff before you step through the security area.

SueDonim Sat 01-Apr-17 17:06:57

Not hips but I have a titanium pin and screws in my tibia. It's set off the alarms occasionally but all that happens is that they pat you down and maybe use a handheld scanner. It's no big deal. Enjoy your holiday!

Charleygirl Sat 01-Apr-17 17:11:03

They are well used to it by now as so many of us have metal inserted around our bodies. Mine is in ankle and knee.

tanith Sat 01-Apr-17 17:17:46

Yes you will set off the scanners Tippy22 I do every time but I always go red with a guilty face blush. Just warn them you have implants and they will ask you to step to one side and usually a lady will hand wand you down and may pat down your hips just to check. They are very used to it.
Have a good holiday.

Jalima Sat 01-Apr-17 17:24:11

I don't have artificial hips but somehow always get picked up to be screened and patted down.

Galen Sat 01-Apr-17 17:25:43

With two hips and a pinned ankle I send the machine,into hysterics!
I use disabled transport and they just 'wand' me! ( wish the wand was magic and would take eithe 20lbs or 20 years off me. Don't really care which)

Tippy22 Sat 01-Apr-17 17:30:59

Thanks for all your replies they've reassured me. Now how do I stop him going beep, beep, beep!

grannypiper Sat 01-Apr-17 17:48:36

My husband was issued with a patient ID card that has his name date of surgery, site of implant, Surgeons name and Hospital number on it.He was given it before he left hospital after his Hip replacement.

tanith Sat 01-Apr-17 17:52:27

[Tippy22] a large piece of very sticky tape grin

Jalima Sat 01-Apr-17 17:54:24

Seriously, do not let your DH make jokes at airport security.
They rarely have a GSOH!

Grannyknot Sat 01-Apr-17 17:54:37

My daughter has a hip replacement and yep, she sets off the scanner.

wot Sat 01-Apr-17 18:15:47

I've got titanium in my skull! It's usually my belt buckle that causes the alarms to go off. I wouldn't worry at all..

phoenix Sat 01-Apr-17 19:00:51

My lower jaw is wired, pinned, possibly even bionic! I did set the alarms off one time at Charles De Gaulle, but trying to explain to the security person was not easy! I ended up being "patted down", but as they couldn't find anything about my person, they had to let me through.

(Luckily they didn't find the stash of diamonds hidden within my chicken fillet bra inserts, or the high quality cocaine that I was smuggling inside an apparently normal incontinence pad wink And I think we should all keep quiet about the hemorrhoid suppositories.)

Teetime Sat 01-Apr-17 19:03:39

My right foot is screwed together but hasn't made any security alarms go off yet. I think they are used to seeing these bit and pieces but as someone else said no jokes please!!!

Stansgran Sat 01-Apr-17 20:13:46

I've told them about my hip but it doesn't beep. Ever.

Deedaa Sat 01-Apr-17 21:41:23

My knees always set the alarms off. Disappointingly I am never patted down by the rather gorgeous security guy, but always by the hatchet faced female sad

Newquay Sat 01-Apr-17 22:43:10

Yes my hip always sets it off so I just poi t to hip and, as you say, get wanded down. There's so many of us about now it's routine. BUT never make any sort of jokes at security. . . . . You may well regret it!

glammanana Sat 01-Apr-17 23:04:53

We where behind a party of four last week going through security at M/chester and the two men where joking about the security in a rather loud way they where pulled out of the line and taken into separate rooms for questioning leaving their wives in tears wondering if they where going to be allowed on their flight,these where not young men but in their mid 50s so should have more sense.So never ever joke at security

absent Sun 02-Apr-17 01:38:32

I also have a pin in my leg but have never set off any alarms. I thought it was only magnetic metals that did that. Mr absent, however, who has no metal concealed in his body, sets off the alarms at every airport. Even stripped down to his underpants with guns pointing at him, he set off the alarm at LAX.

Ginny42 Sun 02-Apr-17 05:22:07

My bra set off the alarm at LAX. The treatment by a man was brusque and rude. He shouted 'Stand there Maam!' Then proceeded to call loudly 'Female assistance, Female Assustance'. I felt like a criminal with everyone looking at this terrorist gran with the bleeping bra! When the female arrived to pat me down she was very sweet and apologised.

absent Sun 02-Apr-17 07:09:52

Ginny42 I never wear an underwired bra when flying as I dread the sort of scenario you have described.

tanith Sun 02-Apr-17 07:53:48

I thought bras nowadays have plastic wires in them confused

felice Sun 02-Apr-17 08:43:31

My artificial heart valve has set off a few, once got so ratty with a woman in Amsterdam that I pulled down the front of my jumper and asked her if she would like to remove the thing. She came so close to the scar that her nose was almost touching my chest. It was not long after the op so the scar was really livid and red.
My knee has never been a problem but now have a metal bar in my arm and pins holding together one finger, will just have to wait and see.

felice Sun 02-Apr-17 08:44:53

P.S. she kept asking me if it was my bra and I kept telling her I was not wearing one.