Do Airport Security Scanners See Breast Implants?
By Marci Robin , Senior Online Editor |
Now that almost 70 domestic airports feature full-body scanning machines, many travelers are anxious about giving security officers a revealing look at their bodies. This is especially true of women who prefer to keep their breast implants a secret.
Full-body scanners show numerous kinds of implanted medical devices, ranging from pacemakers to artificial joints, and breast implants are no exception. As this information has reached women with breast implants, some have expressed privacy concerns, especially among those who do not openly admit to having undergone augmentation surgery.
Although full-body scanners may seem like an opportunity for embarrassment, it's important to remember that the security officers at airports are professionals and aren't looking to humiliate you; they're looking for objects that could compromise safety.
Also keep in mind that you are not required tell anyone that you have breast implants. According to the official website of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), "It is recommended (but not required) that you advise the Security Officer that you have an implanted pacemaker, other implanted medical device, or metal implant and where that implant is located."
Have you been worried about security officers knowing you have implants? Have you gone through advanced security with implants? Tell us about your concerns and experiences by leaving a comment below.