Destined to set off metal detectors, Guess I won't be flying anymore.

United States
January 9, 2010 5:06pm CST
My father and I were talking about the Consumer Electronics show the other day, and we decided to make the trip and go next year. It's held in Las Vegas every year and we have been to it a few times, but haven't gone in several years. Usually I would fly, and my dad would pick me up from the airport because he drove. It occured to me that this time there's a very real chance I wont be allowed to fly. See here's the problem. I had a bad infection in my foot about six months ago and had to have a couple toes amputated. Before surgery I had an MRI done, and the technician kept asking if I had any metal in my body, because the machine kept giving him a notification that I did. To my knowledge I did not, and kept arguing with the guy that there must be some mistake. Then the results of the x-rays came in from earlier in the night, and low and behold I did infact have a needle buried deep inside my foot. I was born with Spinal Bifida and have very little feeling in that foot, so at some point, and who knows when, I had stepped on a needle, buried it in my foo,t and had no memory of even doing it. So now I am probably destined to set off metal detectors for the rest of my life. Doctors wont take the needle out because its deep in my foot, and they couldn't even find when I had surgery last year so they said if its not causing you any problems there's no need to do anything about it. Anyone else have a similiar experience and I'm curious to know if you do infact set off metal detectors at the airport or any other building that makes use of them.
2 responses
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Hi RAVENBLADE0842 . I don't but I have an in-law that recently kept setting off a detector at family court. Nothing bad there folks, just that my son and wife adopted a child and we were there for the ceremony. The in-law took it in stride and it was a tad funny. Maybe what you can do is get a note from your doctor(s) stating that needle is in your foot. That might help.
• United States
9 Jan 10
That's more than likely what I will have to do. It will be interesting to see what happens though the next I go somewhere with a high security screening process. I'm not sure I will set all metal detectors off, but the ones at the airport are highly sensitive, so I'll see what happens
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I believe a letter is in order to clear up any misunderstanding in such cases. You brought up going to the CES could you talk about that a bit?