Airport security one pacemaker at a time
Many newbies have concerns about airport security. I have always told them, "It's not a problem. Just keep moving as you go through the scanning machine."
At the Raleigh-Durham airport security checkpoint, this time, there was a big sign pointing pacemake-people to a different kind of scanner altogether. This machine had footprints you were suppoised to stand on, arms upraised. Then, once outside it, you were manually searched about the shoulders.
I went through, then my friend who also has a pacemaker--but for a different diagnosis--went through.
At Charles DeGaulle, the sign on the regular scanner said, in French,and in international symbols, "No pacemakers." Although I doubt if there would be any problem, I figure the people running these machines know more about them than I do. So I admitted I had a device, and was pointed to a different, much shorter, line.
My friend attempted to follow me. "No!" she was told. The security lady pointed empahtically to the other line.
"I have a pacemaker too," my friend told her.
Suspicion darkened the security lady's brow. She looked from one of the litlle old ladies before her to the other, clearly caluculating the odds.
She pointed to me. "She has the pacemaker!" Her expression clearly said, and only one is allowed.
I smiled. Sweetly, I hoped. "Yes, I have one and she has one too. We, both of us, have pacemakers."
After a you'd better not be fooling me or Bad Things will Happen to you look, we were waved on to someone who patted us each down.
So what I would tell newbies today is security works differently in differeint places. It really isn't a problem no matter how it's done. But if both you and your travel companion have pacemakers, sometimes there will be suspicion that you are either (a) terrorists or (b) trying to skip the long line.