Wed 30 Apr, 2003 09:22 pm
In the discussion on travel tips, several people made mention of the problems that increased security measures in airports brings.
Shoes with metal shafts were mentioned, as well as the usual nail files, clippers, etc. On another travel forum, I saw mention of underwiring in bras (look out, Lil K!) as triggering the machines!
What experience have you had with air travel security in the last year or so?
Was this only in the US?
How widespread is it in Europe?
Are some airports worse than others?
I'll be travelling in Europe in a month, including twice through London, and want to know what to expect!
Definately, not all airports are the same. On my last trip, I walked right through the metal detectors without a ping. Returning from Orlando, my shoulder set off alarms, so they had to check me with a wand, and examine my shoes. I was treated with a professional level of courtesy, though - unlike some horror stories I've heard.
No overseas experience to share. Well, I know we are overseas, but you aren't coming here.
I get patted down very freuqently at Heathrow when boarding a flight, sepcially during recent times !!
As long as it is a strapping security guard, I dont really mind
Because of a genetic bone condition, my legs break frequently and I have metal rods inserted in both femurs.
I set off the security systems at airports--and libraries.
I find women security guards are more likely to believe my explanation than men are--although waving the little scanner convinces men.
Cyborgs have been having a harder time lately.
It's not pretty when after 20 years of constantly wearing hardware, it has to be suddenly ripped out.
Slashdot article here
Margo, I read about the underwiring in bras also. And it does set of the handheld screening things.
I did some travelling from Germany to Sweden and back. I'd say security was 'normal'. In Germany, the bags you are checking will be x-rayed before you get to the airline counter. You have to present your passport along with your boarding pass when boarding the plane. But that's about it.
I traveled from the US to the UK in May and didn't notice that much more secureity. They do tend to check your documents more closely and I had my handbag searched at Gatwick on the way back, but I managed not to set any alarms off.
Course I did learn from a short trip where my boots set off the alarm not to wear THEM...and to always wear matching socks just in case.
Actually, the biggest complaints lately have been missing personal property from check in baggage. The airlines have reimbursed only some people missing goods from their baggage. One individual said he lost a $1,000 binocular that the airline refused to cover. c.i.
On my way stateside I was one of the lucky who got full probing, total dismantling of luggage and shoe removal at every stop.
Thing is, i coulda taken a sticker off my passport that would have stopped the incessant checks.
Cheated death again, huh Margo? Glad you made it safely back with no more hassle than an entrenched incompetence.