October 11, 2016 – Airport Scanners
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Anchor lead: Having certain medical conditions can complicate routine airport security scans, Elizabeth Tracey reports
If you have one of a number of different medical conditions, a lengthy process through airport security might result. That’s according to case reports identified recently by Mahadevappa Mahesh, chief physicist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and colleagues.
Mahesh: Recently is was brought to attention that a couple of passengers, airport travelers have encountered some embarrassing situations when they go through airport scanners. :09
Mahesh says these are fairly common conditions.
Mahesh: Some travelers have some cyst or some growth on their body which can trigger the airport scanner that it is something suspicious. One such case was a traveler with an inguinal hernia, which is an extra growth in the groin region, so automatically the airport scanners picked that up and considered it very suspicious. :21
Mahesh says some appliances such as colostomy bags can also trigger suspicious scans, so people with such conditions should bring along a note from their doctor while traveling. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.