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I came thru security this morning at Honolulu international. I was asked if I have any implants. I have 2 knee replacements. I was given a yellow card that said I was required to remove any electronics bigger than a cell phone and directed to go thru a scanner. I thought this was odd as I was a TSA pre check and I have a global pass. I didn't get any kind of answer from the TSA agent. Is this some kind of new security issue? If so isn't it a bit discriminatory. A fellow passenger who was in a wheelchair breezed right thru and she told me she had an implant.
 
Jan 11, 2017
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TSA announced that it would strenghten again its rule regarding electronics. At some (many?) airports some/all passengers have to remove bigger electronics from carry-ons, even in the pre check line.
About the full body scanner. If you have implants, metal detectors might show false alarm - depending on the material of your implant. Long time ago they used hand held metal detectors, to resolve those alarms, but now they simply send you through the full body scanner.
 

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I came thru security this morning at Honolulu international. I was asked if I have any implants. I have 2 knee replacements. I was given a yellow card that said I was required to remove any electronics bigger than a cell phone and directed to go thru a scanner. I thought this was odd as I was a TSA pre check and I have a global pass. I didn't get any kind of answer from the TSA agent. Is this some kind of new security issue? If so isn't it a bit discriminatory. A fellow passenger who was in a wheelchair breezed right thru and she told me she had an implant.
My wife is TSA pre-check and has replaced hips, knees and shoulder. She just asks to go through the body scanner. It is faster for her to do that than get wander and body searched. If you want to get through faster ask for the scanner.

Wheelchairs will be hand searched. I watched this wth a gal in a wheelchair behind my wife. They pushed her through and off to the side and she had to be fully searched by hand. It took a long time.

Pre check doesn't mean you have permission to set off the metal detectors. It means your background check is clean. You still have to be scanned for metal.
 
Sep 19, 2015
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Even people with TSe-Preck and Global Entry can get the dreaded SSSS on a ticket which indicates secondary screening -- sometimes it is random.
 
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Even people with TSe-Preck and Global Entry can get the dreaded SSSS on a ticket which indicates secondary screening -- sometimes it is random.
My wife had it happen to her when we asked our hotel in Costa Rica to help us do our online check in. They inadvertently checked off a box saying she had hazardous materials. Voila-!the dreaded SSSSSS on her boarding pass.
 

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TSA has posted warnings at the Newark Airport ... they're going towards "more random procedures" (which I think is a very smart move) so I had to remove my shoes yesterday; everything else was the usual PreChek procedure. Gotta keep the bad guys guessing.
 
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Oct 16, 2015
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My wife is TSA pre-check and has replaced hips, knees and shoulder. She just asks to go through the body scanner. It is faster for her to do that than get wander and body searched. If you want to get through faster ask for the scanner.

Wheelchairs will be hand searched. I watched this wth a gal in a wheelchair behind my wife. They pushed her through and off to the side and she had to be fully searched by hand. It took a long time.

Pre check doesn't mean you have permission to set off the metal detectors. It means your background check is clean. You still have to be scanned for metal.
I have two knee replacements and have TSA pre-check as well. I just automatically hop into the body scanner line cause I always get sent there anyway. It is "generally" faster although not long ago I waited for over 15 minutes in a Jet Blue terminal for a female TSA agent as they still do a quick (usually) pat down. Cracks me up because almost always they say that something shows up on my right shoulder. I haven't a clue why or what, especially since it is my knees. Oh well. Flew two weeks ago from Honolulu to Vegas and then a few days after, Vegas to Boston by way of DFW and went through the body scanner rather than be (often rudely) told to get in that line anyway. Ironically a few times the agent in that line says, Oh, you should always TRY to go through the regular line, you might get through.
 
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