Medjet’s Tips for Avoiding Heavy Metal at the Airport

May 08, 2011
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Our friends at MedjetAssist have put together these handy tips for ensuring your trip through airport security goes fast. Don’t forget, transportation security officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If the metal detector alarms when you pass through, you’ll be required to undergo additional screening -- including hand-wand and pat-down inspections.

Items that might set off the metal detector include:

  • Keys, loose change, mobile phones, pagers, money clips and personal data assistants (PDAs)
  • Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties)
  • Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs
  • Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration
  • Belt buckles
  • Under-wire bras

Other Considerations

Body Piercings. Certain metal body piercings may cause you to set off the metal detector. If additional screening is required, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search.

Head Coverings. You are permitted to wear head coverings and religious garments during the screening process. You may be directed to additional screening if your headwear or clothing (religious or otherwise) is loose fitting or large enough to hide prohibited items.

Shoes. Travelers are required to remove their shoes before entering the walk-through metal detector at all U.S. airports and put them through the x-ray machine for inspection. This allows officers to see if the shoes have been tampered with in any way.

Hopefully some of these tips will decrease the frustration of the screening process and make its transition faster for you and THOSE behind you! For more tips on safe and savvy travel, be sure to check out the Medjet Blog.