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Title: Metal detectors???
Post by: friendsfan on March 15, 2009, 04:43:36 PM
Hi all..
This is going to seem silly, but it bothering me
I had a TTT in June 08' and im flying in 2 weeks time, which will be the first time since surgery...Im rather concerned about the metal detectors, will I need a note from my GP in case they alarm or does it not set the alarm off?

thanks in advance

Faye
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: KW on March 15, 2009, 05:48:17 PM
You should not set off the metal detectors...I fly alot for work with 3 screws and 2 washers from my last TTT revision and have never (not once) set off a metal detectors.  If I ever do all I plan on doing is showing my scar which is what my OS told me to do.

Best of luck,
Karen 
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: cboden51 on March 15, 2009, 05:50:59 PM
I have had 2 PKR and only once set off the detector. They told me they had the detector set on sensitive because of an alert. I had a card from the OS but they did the wand anyway, even though they could see the scar. It is no big deal.

Connie
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: adlottis on March 15, 2009, 06:05:30 PM

I have 2 screws and washers and I have never set off any metal detectors in the 2 years since the OP

Annette
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: subail on March 15, 2009, 07:42:13 PM
I carry a note from my OS....security told me that it was a good idea to carry some acknowledgement...
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: dm on March 15, 2009, 09:59:30 PM
my mom had a metal rod in her tibia after a car accident, which is much larger than a few screws. It did set off the detectors in the late '90s, but a hand wanding of her bared leg resolved any security issues easily enough without any doctors notes back then.

I wouldn't be too worried about it. You could always make a "test run" to the local courthouse before you fly somewhere to get an idea of how the machine might react if you're worried and have never been through one before.
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: Caroline109 on March 16, 2009, 12:36:06 AM
I haven;t been on an airplane since my PKR but my OS did give me a card to carry in my wallet in case I set off any security alarms/metal detectors . You might want to ask your OS for similar.
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: SuzanneT on March 16, 2009, 02:18:53 AM
I agree with Caroline.  I know someone that has the card after having a knee replacement.
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: KW on March 16, 2009, 02:23:37 AM
I do not believe a card is offered for for the hardware of a TTT only a replacement.
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: lb573 on March 16, 2009, 02:25:50 AM
Hi Faye,

I have had a TTT on both knees, and have flown a few times. With my L knee it set off the metal detectors a couple times but all i did was show them the incision and they wanded right over top of it and no problem whatsoever. I have since had the L knee hardware removed; with my R knee i have flown twice now and have not set off any detectors at all. So i think it all depends on the airport equipment, etc. All in all it is not a problem at all, you should only have to show them the incision and they will likely just wand over it.

Leah
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: friendsfan on March 16, 2009, 11:24:30 AM
Thanks for the replies
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: Plumb on March 16, 2009, 11:49:05 AM
Depending how the airport security is.. depends if you will set off an alarm.  Be prepared to be felt up.. if you do trigger it.
Just one of those trade off's you have to deal with for being able to walk.
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: JustMeInNC on March 16, 2009, 12:54:18 PM
my hubby has not set one off and he has a plate and 6 screws in his knee and a plate and screws in his hip to
Title: Re: Metal detectors???
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on March 16, 2009, 01:05:55 PM
Hi Friendsfan,

Don't think you will have a problem.

I've got a number of nails in my knee from my op last year and hasn't been a problem travelling. If you are concerned, speak to your OS's rooms.

Have a great holiday !!! :)