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    Airport Security

    We are almost one year post op and doing really well. I should have asked the doctor this but will we have any problems with the hardware and airport security as we leave on vacation this Saturday?

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    We took a paper copy of our daughters x-ray to the airport last week. She is 4 months post op and fairly thin but she never set the detector off. We went through tree times during our trip. If you have a copy of her x-rays you may want to take them just in case.
    Kate

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    you shouldn't have problems with modern instrumentation. they're meant to be low density so that they aren't picked up with metal detectors. and in any case, a quick flash of your scar should be enough to persuade airport staff that you are a post-operative patient and not some kind of mule
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    My daughter is 4 months post-op and has traveled by air since her surgery. Her surgeon gave her a note as well as a copy of her x-ray. She hasn't had any problems yet.

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    My daugher was 4 months post-op and we traveled to Cancun and had to go into Dulles airport in DC. I would guess Dulles has very tight security and she went through just fine. We didn't take any papers or x-rays so thank the Lord she went right through.
    Cheryl M
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    New Homeland Security Travel Guide

    GUIDANCE FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS

    Raised Threat Levels:

    - The U.S. threat level is raised to Severe, or Red, for all
    commercial flights flying from the United Kingdom to the U.S.
    - The U.S. threat level is raised to High, or Orange for all
    commercial aviation operating in the U.S., including international
    flights. Flights from the U.S. to the U.K. are also Orange.

    Increased Aviation Screening Procedures:

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be implementing a series of security measures - some visible and some not visible -- to ensure the security of the traveling public and the Nation's transportation system. TSA is immediately implementing following changes to airport screening procedures:


    - NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY ON
    BAGGAGE. SUCH ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE.
    This includes all
    beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel,
    and other items of similar consistency.


    Exception: Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or

    small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name

    that matches the passenger's ticket; and insulin and essential
    other non-prescription medicines, which all must be presented
    for inspection at the checkpoint.

    - Beverages purchased in the boarding area (beyond the checkpoint)

    must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted
    on board the aircraft.

    - Passengers traveling from the U.K. to the U.S. will be subject to a
    more extensive screening process.

    These measures will be constantly evaluated and updated when circumstances warrant.

    How every passenger can assist in security:

    - Pack lightly, without clutter to facilitate easier screening
    - Arrive earlier than usual at the airport
    - Cooperate with TSA personnel at checkpoints and with airline
    personnel at all gates
    - Be attentive and vigilant to any suspicious activity and report it
    to authorities

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    efforts in international arrival areas including the use of
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    technology.

    - DHS has also mandated that all flights from the U.K. transmit
    passenger manifest information for intensive screening prior to
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    and all other international flights will be subject to heightened
    inspection upon arrival in the U.S.

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    i went to NYC and had to go through 2 or 3 detectors in denver and like 2-3 in newark and i didnt have any problems,i went to the empire state building too where there was a million of them i had no problem what so ever
    ~Shannon~
    Surgery: May 25th 2005! Woot!
    13 months Post-op
    E-mail me!:
    starchild_81212@yahoo.com or Star_child_81212@msn.com

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    I'm so glad to here about this. I've been dreading going through security stuff 'cause I thought for sure that I'd set them off. My dad had hip replacement surgery and always sets them off, but I guess scoliosis surgery is different. Yay!

    Jessica - 16 years old
    Spinal fusion surgery with thoracoplasty July 12, 2006 at Johns Hopkins with Dr Sponseller
    50T and 36L reduced to 5T and 10L

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    Thumbs up metal detectors...

    About the airport security thing. I had my surgery in November and went on a cruise with my parents in February. I did set the metal detectors off in Los Angeles, and the Edmonton airport. I had asked my doctor for documents incase of such a situation and he said I didn't need them. All I had to do was show my scar, they waved the detector wand over my back and it went crazy, so they knew I was telling the truth about my instrumentation. So even if you do set it off, it should be okay.



    lisanicole
    23/F/Canada
    6 years post op.

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    We just went away about 2 weeks ago and my daughters rods set off the security. They would not look at the letter from the Dr. or the copy of the x-ray. They took her aside and used the wand. It took about 5 minutes and then let her go through. When we came back, she had no problems. Some airports must be different as far as their machines.

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    My girldfriend's husband had double hip replacement & he does set the machines off & yet most of you say the titanium rods/screws don't?? scoliparent said it did....I'll have to ask my surgeon on next visit...??Ly

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    Just to clarify, my daughter has stainless steel rods and hardware, not titanium. She only went off at DTW to MDW. Coming back, she had no problems.

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