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Initial post: Dec 28, 2009 7:09:18 AM PST
Elliot says:
If we fly out of the USA, passing through the check point, I always set of the alarm with my hip joint implant, a good size piece of steel. Flying out of other countries, I seldom set off the alarm...i simply walk through ...I have to believe many other countries do not share the same concern for air travel security as we do, and this cant come as a surprise to the people at Homeland security....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2010 11:20:05 AM PDT
When I was selected for 'additional screening' at the Portland Oregon airport, the chick behind me submitted a doctors card explaining her implant. She got right through. Something to consider.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 5:36:02 PM PDT
I've now gone the longest time in my life of not flying and I'm not exactly young. I've crossed the Atlantic a couple of dozen times in DC-10's and Constellations, plus all over the U.S. in Connies and Martin 404's before the days of jets. In those days, passengers went into a holding space marked out be a chain link fence. If it was raining they brought out umbrellas. When it was time to board you strolled out on the tarmac and headed for the steps. I always liked to detour a bit for a close up view of those mighty Pratt & Whitney engines and huge propellers. Nobody ever worried about security until the earlly Sixties and the Cuban hijackings and even then anyone could have and actually did walk on board with a gun in their pocket. Once aloft the hijacker would wave his gun yelling, "Havana, Havana," and the passengers would be treated to a night in Cuba. These days flying is more like riding in an elevator, and then there's the TSA. It's really a shame, but I simply don't trust them. My fear is not so much that they'll poke through my stuff, but that they'll confiscate it whether it be medications, my laptop, my cameras, etc., and what recourse would I have? I don't understand why they concentrate all these resources only on commercial aviation and blow off subways, bullet trains, ferry boats, buses, etc. These days I travel in a Honda Accord. It can only go up to about 120mph but the only security rule is to fasten your seatbelt.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 2:06:45 AM PDT
Most countries have far better security protocols than does the US.
The US relies overly much on a combination of high tech and undereducated operators.

I've set off metal detectors with my metal framed glasses all over the world. Even the metal buttons on my Levis jeans have set them off in Spain.

A roll of film more often than not set off the bomb sniffers in Birmingham and London (UK).

In the US, even after 9/11, I've walked through security with a Swiss Army knife (accidentally, forgot to put it in my checked luggage) and it was never detected.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 8:53:07 AM PDT
When I went through security in Paris and in London, I always got stopped! At the time I was just a 17 year old, 5'6' baby-faced girl. They went through my bags and had a woman pat me down, at one point they even talked about strip searching me, but my school principal came up and protested because we'd be late.

In the US, I hardly ever get the full deal and I fly constantly (My dad works for Delta so we go go go). I maybe have to stop once if I forget to take my Ipod out of my purse on the little conveyor belt.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 2:10:17 AM PDT
Zhandra says:
I've travelled to 18 countries, and honestly I find security in the US one of the easiest. Flying out of London Heathrow was always ridiculous. The buttons on my pants, zippers on my shoes (before they came up with the removing shoes rule), eyeglass frames, stud earrings, safety pins, body jewelry (I had my lip pierced) ... just about anything would set the metal detectors off. Lima, Peru was the strangest. You know how the newer passports have a built-in microchip? My PASSPORT set off the detector! Must've been some kind of interference or something. All I know is I walked through with boarding pass and passport in hand, it went off. They had me put those things through the machine and go through again. It didn't go off. Then proceeded to wand my passport, it beeped, they muttered to eachother in Spanish pointing at the little chip, and ultimately handed me my documents back and wished me a good day. LOL.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 3:47:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2010 3:49:03 PM PDT
JZee says:
I'm an American who has traveled to 44 countries and I must say the country I dread going through immigration and security the most is America. It's absolutely absurd the facade they attempt to create with all of their over the top 'security' procedures.

Only Israel seemed as anal as the U.S.
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