I hate to post about air travel and the changes with the TSA protocols just because everyone else is doing it… but I am.
By the way, this is my favorite recent “news story on the topic” (Uncle Stephen, right Kerri?)
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|TSA Full-Body Scanners – Jeffrey Goldberg|
Originally written in March 2009
I just got back from a recent work trip that involved some airlines flights. I have noticed (especially on the message boards) that a lot of diabetics worry about being stopped and forced to endure extra inspections because of their diabetic supplies. Most of this worry is unwarrented. My bag has NEVER been inspected for my diabetic supplies. And I have only set off the metal detector once – one very memorable time in June 2007.
As you can probably tell from previous posts, I have been traveling a lot recently. Actually I have been traveling a lot since I got my pump. I do not take it off when I go through the metal detector. There is not really much metal in it so there really is no need.
I usually do not say anything about it to the screeners. I just hide it well enough that they do not even see it in the first place.
On my most recent trip to Minnesota, the group I was with had decided to skip lunch before our trip to the airport. I was hungry and had popped a few glucose tablets in the van. The check-in line was relatively short and I was able to make it through in just a few minutes. I then moved on to the security line which was also very short.
I got to the front of the line and the TSA agent asked me if I wanted to remove my cell phone. ‘No,’ I said. ‘It is not a cell phone. It is an insulin pump and I promise it will not set off the metal detectors.’
Quite a bold statement, but I had never – in almost 4 years – had my pump set off an alarm before.
I hand the TSA agent my boarding pass and step through the detector. Beep-Beep-Beep. ‘I am going to have to ask you to step through again ma’am.’
I remove my watch and take my driver’s license out of my pocket. I step back through the detector and Beep-Beep-Beep set it off again.
I then get the honor of being wanded and patted down by a female TSA agent. The following items set off with the wand and were thoroughly examined by the ‘back of the hand’: all metal pieces on my undergarments, the snaps on the front of my pants, the grommets down the sides of my pant legs (adjustable from pants to capris), and of course my pump.
Oh well. I still will not be removing it the next time through but perhaps I won’t make such a lofty guarantee!