November 2001 AAOS Report

Airport security requires more than physician notes

In the last issue, we suggested that physicians routinely offer patients a letter or card as proof of implant surgery as a way of dealing with airport security checks for patients with medical implants. Please be advised that a note from a physician will not necessarily speed up the move through security. If a security alarm sounds, the Federal Aviation Administration requires a resolution: A hand-held screener is used, and, if needed, the implant patient must consent to a noninvasive body search in order to board the plane.

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