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TSA Tips for Travelers with Joint Replacements and Pacemakers

When you go through an airport, you are usually screened either with a metal detector, which will sound an alarm if you’ve had a joint replacement, a pat-down or with an imaging machine. If you have a choice, choose the imaging machine, as it clearly shows that you have a metal implant and you probably won’t have additional screening.If you have a pacemaker, do not go through a metal detector. You should have a card or Medi-alert bracelet verifying that you have a pacemaker.On the TSA website, www.tsa.gov/traveler-information, there is information in the “travelers with disabilities and medical conditions” section which covers a large range of conditions.If you have additional questions about screening, call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227.Due to the great number of people with metal implants, cards exempting you from screening are no longer valid.