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Airport Security and Body Piercings

Setting off metal detectors?
10 years ago, March 7th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #105953  
Since they have recently changed security even more in US airports, has anyone with body piercings had any problems going through security? I have multipul facial piercings and a few hidden ones and wondering of these might cause problems.
I know that a few years ago that it was not problem but people have been telling me that since there has been changes that the piercings might slow me down. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #105969  
Hello Lorriann 😊

Any metal sets off the detectors.

If possible, I would take off all jewerlery and put it through the machine in one of those boxes they provide for it. But, it wont be a big deal if you cant, because you can just point out to them exactly what is causing the beeping when you walk through the detectors, and they will double check with a hand detector to make sure that is in fact all that is causing the beeping. I often cause beeping with studs in my trousers that I cant remove.

...a few hidden ones...

Yeah, these will cause problems, if you cant show them.

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10 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #106006  
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Hi Lorriann,

I was in the US in December, when somebody tried to blow up a flight, and I had no problems with the security and the complete body scanner - they didn't even mention my body peircing.
If you do have to show your "hidden ones" you would be taken to a room a checked by a female security person, not pleasant but at least it's behind closed doors.

I work at an overseas, British run, airport and my piercing never sets off the metal detector arch.

I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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10 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #106007  
Hey Lorriann,

I have numerous piercings, both in my face and ears and also 'elsewhere'.... 😉.

I have never set off the metal detectors in any airport worldwide and I usually have pretty large metal plugs in my ears. I have had a wand beep at my nipples before, but just got a knowing glance from the security personnel.

Sadly my damn belt tends to set off the alarms which is great as that's what they assume the metal is, and not something else... 😊

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10 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #106008  
I've gone through U.S airport security a few times since the recent security changes with hoop earrings and a metal ring and have had no problems. I wouldn't worry about the piercings you have in your photo. They cannot set the sensitivity too high otherwise every wire-cup bra or zipper on a pair of jeans would set it off.

To be safe, you could wear the slimmest/smallest pieces of jewelry you have, take out any piercings that are convenient, and minimize the other metal objects on the rest of your clothing (zippers, buttons, etc). Naturally it varies by airport, but body piercings certainly aren't anything new to TSA screening agents so you shouldn't get hassled about it.

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10 years ago, March 9th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #106048  
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I had problem going through security at Perth Airport when the metal detector kept beeping on me.

I've already taken off my shoes, belt, wrist watch, ring and still I can't go through. I got really nervous because the last thing I want to happen is get strip searched !

It was such a relief when they found out that the culprit are my EARRINGS !

But what puzzled me is I was wearing same earrings at the Brisbane and Darwin airport and had no problem whatsoever.

So to be on the safe side, I strongly recommend to take off any metallic jewelry and accessories (especially the concealed ones) if you don't want to be put on an embarrassing or uncomfortable predicament. Getting held up for further checks could also cause you to miss your flight ... just a thought.
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10 years ago, March 9th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #106088  
How's that for a mixed bag of responses? 😱

I don't know how many piercings you have or where you have them, but for me to take out all my piercings before going through security would probably take about 15 minutes. Then putting them all back in on the other side would probably take even longer and I'd have to enlist someones help. I have some seriously 'fiddly' ear work.

I wouldn't worry about it, you'll be fine and if you do trigger the alarms it would only take a few minutes and a wand swipe to see what the problem was....

Good luck... Though you won't need it! Reply to this

10 years ago, March 9th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #106137  
Yes I agree I have to many piercings to take in and out, the stupid little balls give me such a hard time that I only take them out when I change jewlery which is not often and even then my boyfriend has to do it.

I think allo should be good and if I need to go into the private room well it's a story to tell later lol.
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10 years ago, March 9th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #106141  
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Am I in the wrong forum ?? LOL Reply to this

10 years ago, March 11th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #106269  
I used to have some piercings. Traveled approx 100 times with them. Never set anything off. Reply to this

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