Kevin & Rhonda Wixom
kwix at cox.net
Wed Mar 3 16:13:12 PST 2004
My experience matches this completely (and the Wendi's and Jerry's).
Travel in U.S. and Europe is pretty much the same. I even had a security
guard whisper to me, "..don't let them make your prosthetic off, they can't
do that.." before I went through the metal detector. The one time they
said I had to remove my shoe from the prosthetic I said great, but you have
to do it. He did, and he put it back on too. My exp is that they are
polite and professional.
Of course, the issue of whether ANY of this silly screening of anyone
actually stops terrorists is another topic altogether.
From: AMP-L-owner at u.washington.edu [mailto:AMP-L-owner at u.washington.edu]On
Behalf Of HGMDLM at aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 10:32 AM
To: Amputee Information Network
Subject: Re: airport travel
I travel a great deal, 15-20 flights a year. When I am going through
security I tell them I will need a hand check and explain why. That way
they do not ask me to remove my shoes first. I remove my shoes after I sit
down and then am "wanded". Naturally it goes off. If the person knows what
they are doing they call a supervisor to do some kind of a wiping with some
material and then test it for some odor or residue. The "feel" the leg
firmly look at it closely and then I am on my way. This take all of 3-5
minutes. Only once, way back when this all started, was I asked to go to
another room to drop my drawers. Not fun, but necessary as part of their
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