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Recently whilst travelling back from Dublin i had a rather amusing time going through security... At the time there had been a recent security scare so it was a shoes through the scanner job. After walking through and being pinged as usual I was given the customary pat down. The operative asked if I had any keys etc in my pockets to which I replied, "No it's my wooden leg that sets it off" the guy looked at me and says "ah jaysus it can't be that, wood wouldn't set it off". I almost needed to be picked up off the floor!

Mike

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When I go through airport security, the alarms go off at max!!!. I've stopped trying to explain myself beforehand as nobody seems to understand.

So.......I always get stopped...........always asked to "stand there"..............make everybody jump when I move to lean on something!! So they call for a male............what's wrong with being "pated down by a woman"???...........so the feel goes down one leg...........I watch the face when the person heads to the other!!..........always get a very curious look!!!

Not looking forward to the day that they want me to remove the leg for inspection though.

ED

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When I travelled from Luton, UK to Faro, Portugal I only set the scanner off at Faro!?

The Portugese authorities scanned me with the wand and it became apparent what was the cause with the alarm. He got quite annoyed and said I should have been carrying a letter from my doctor to confirm my "condition". :huh:

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I'm sitting in the airport in Seoul... when I went through security this time, I was asked to take off my shoes (they provide plastic slippers, first place I've seen that). Since I hate walking around in socks on slippery polished granite, and the slippers would have fallen off, I rolled up my jeans leg to show them the prosthesis. They still used the wand, though. I'm wearing my 15 year old prosthesis since the nice new one caused my knee to bruise and swell again - different place this time - but that's another story. I'm a bit embarassed about the old prosthesis 'cos it's really battered, I look like I should be begging on the street not catching planes :) .

I travel a lot these days, and I've found the most, ah, vigorous patting down occurs in China and Japan. No way do I want a man patting me down like that, and I'm not about to accept the offer of a private screening (actually it was LA to offered a private screening - I thought they may have been going to show a movie :) , but they made me wait 20 minutes for a female manager to check it).

I definitely recommend allowing extra time for getting through the security checks - it's nerve-wracking enough without needing to worry about missing a plane.

-K

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He got quite annoyed and said I should have been carrying a letter from my doctor to confirm my "condition". 

Which would have meant nothing to him as he probably wouldn't have understood it anyway (Unless you have a Portugese Doctor). As if your prosthesis wasn't confirmation enough :)

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Which would have meant nothing to him as he probably wouldn't have understood it anyway

May have helped in Dublin!

Yer Mann is wearing a wooden leg!

Signed

Dr Murphy :D

PJ

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I just started wearing a dress, taking my leg off and running it through the luggage belt by the metal detectors. :blink: heh.. that really got the airport security to notice me *laugh*. In fact when i walked by later they were still laughing. heh I guess after almost 25 years of this I was sick of the pat downs, the wanding and the stares (for no good reason). :) I GAVE them a reason to stare *laugh*

:lol:

Peacebaby

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Which would have meant nothing to him as he probably wouldn't have understood it anyway

May have helped in Dublin!

Yer Mann is wearing a wooden leg!

Signed

Dr Murphy :D

PJ

:lol: :lol: only just seen these.

Note to self. must look at topics further down forum on a more regular basis.

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Recently whilst travelling back from Dublin i had a rather amusing time going through security... At the time there had been a recent security scare so it was a shoes through the scanner job. After walking through and being pinged as usual I was given the customary pat down. The operative asked if I had any keys etc in my pockets to which I replied, "No it's my wooden leg that sets it off" the guy looked at me and says "ah jaysus it can't be that, wood wouldn't set it off". I almost needed to be picked up off the floor!

Mike

Hilarious! And very Irish. As Billy Connolly has observed, they are a nation of space cadets. When I was looking for a house in Dublin I stopped off at a petrol station on my way back to the airport. I asked the guy, "Is this the right road for the airport?". With a straight face he answered, "Now that would depend on which way you're going. If you're going up the road it's the wrong way, if you're going down the road you'll be fine." I was in stitches.

You have to take your shoes off at Dublin as standard now as they failed some European inspection. It's like a mass strip-tease at peak times.

Going through detectors I just walk straight to the security guy and tell them I wear a prosthesis. The only time I have had major hassle was at LAX which was understandable and they were very polite about it as they swabbed my leg for traces of explosive. I didn't mind at all really and if it got too much my brother-in-law's a Lieutenant with the LAPD so I wasn't worried about being whipped off to Guantanamo.

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The only time I have had major hassle was at LAX which was understandable...

... if it got too much my brother-in-law's a Lieutenant with the LAPD so I wasn't worried about being whipped off to Guantanamo.

I might be misunderstanding this but why is it more understandable to experience hassle at LAX than at for example Dublin??

As for your last point. If you were suspected of being a terrorist threat do you really think you'd be allowed your phone call to your brother in law before they spirited you off to Guantanemo and even if you were how much clout do you think a lowly Lieutenant has with the securuty services??

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The only time I have had major hassle was at LAX which was understandable...

... if it got too much my brother-in-law's a Lieutenant with the LAPD so I wasn't worried about being whipped off to Guantanamo.

I might be misunderstanding this but why is it more understandable to experience hassle at LAX than at for example Dublin??

As for your last point. If you were suspected of being a terrorist threat do you really think you'd be allowed your phone call to your brother in law before they spirited you off to Guantanemo and even if you were how much clout do you think a lowly Lieutenant has with the securuty services??

Jeezo, lighten up Muz :ph34r:

Probably cos LAX is considered much more of a terrorist target. Post 9/11 anyone who has travelled to the US will have noticed how seriously they are taking airport security. LAX has long been a priority target for fundamentalist terrorists. Hence you are far more likely to be the subject of a rigorous search there than at somewhere like Dublin.

My comment about being whisked off was tongue in cheek but FYI Lieutenants in the LAPD aren't that lowly in the grand scheme of things.

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but FYI Lieutenants in the LAPD aren't that lowly in the grand scheme of things.

About half way up. pretty much equates to an inspector over here. I'm not trying to knock your brother in law but he's a small fish when it comes to national security (unless of course he's in one of the specialist units).

Using "connections" reminds me of a time some years back (Just after the bombing of a Royal Marines band barracks) when a visitor to a Naval establishment tried to use his connections with one of the senior officers to gain entry without ID. The Royal Marine's on the gate at first demanded to see his ID then when he got stroppy they ordered him out of the car. He refused at which point the Royal dropped to his knee and brought the rifle up to the firing position with hand ready on the bolt and thumb on safety. The message I'm trying to get across is don't piss these guys off. They may have lost friends and they don't take it nicely when people try to get smart. They have a job to do and the general public are the first to complain about lack of security when things go wrong.

Right! gripe over now let me get bak to what I do best ... or is that worst :ph34r: :D :D

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I also have started removing my leg and running it through the x-ray machine, then hop through the checkpoint, don't get called aside or nothing that way, saves me and them a lot of time! I have no problem doing that so long as I wear shorts to travel. B) :lol:

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I usually always just let the machine go off and they search me, it has never crossed my mind to take the leg off and get it scanned but I might start doing that, it sounds like so much more fun than being searched. Anything to embarress the security is always a good thing :D

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