To minimize the potential for hassle in passing through
airport security, if you have an orthopedic implant,
you should have a note from your doctor!
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has suggested
that physicians routinely offer patients a letter or
card as proof of implant surgery as a way of dealing
with airport security checks for patients with medical
implants. Be advised, however, that a note from a physician
will not necessarily speed up the move through security.
If a security alarm sounds, the Federal Aviation Administration
requires a resolution: A hand-held screener is used,
and, if needed, the implant patient must consent to
a noninvasive body search in order to board the plane.