Got an artificial knee? Expect any metal in it to set off airport metal detectors. To avoid that, here’s what to do.
First, inform a Transportation Security Administration officer about your knee before you’re screened. (If you want to be discreet, you can download a TSA Notification Card to show the officer, although a card isn’t required.)
The TSA won’t accept a note from your doctor or a medical card, so expect to be screened by either advanced imaging technology or a pat-down.
Consider wearing loose clothing, so if you must undergo a pat-down, you can easily show the TSA officer your scar.
Laird Harrison writes about science and medicine. His work has appeared magazines (TIME, Audubon, Discover, Men’s Fitness, Health), newspapers (San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press); and Web sites (Salon, Reuters, MSNBC, CNN.com). He has produced video for Web sites including Smithsonianmag.com and audio for KQED and WUNC public media stations. His recent novel, Fallen Lake, tells the story of a powerful attraction between two couples and how it affected their children. Harrison has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension and Mediabistro. He grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied creative writing and politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Oakland, California.