Airports and other security checks
For your comfort and
safety, please be aware of potential security checks.
one has ever reported problems at airport security.
You may want to check
your prosthesis with your luggage, so that security has no reason to check your
Please be aware that
routines, rules and regulations differ by country and airport. A lot of
information is not supplied to the public.
If a security officer
notices something non-biological on your body (your prosthesis) they may inspect it further. You may be required
to show your prosthesis. You may be required to remove and allow inspection of
If you do not comply with securities’ demands, you may not only loose your chance to fly, you may not be free to leave the airport.
There is no metal in the prostheses. There is nothing to set off a metal detector alarm.
Many airports have
separate security lines leading to the body scanner and to metal detectors.
You may be able to choose your line.
In most countries (as far as I know) the scanner is rarely used*, but please be prepared just in case you are chosen for extra security.
You may be selected
for the body scanner. People
experience increased scrutiny by security based on their colour, name, country of
origin, destination, citizenship, and gender representation (deemed un-matching
If you must go through a body scanner, and are wearing a prosthesis, expect security to see it. If they see it, they might inspect it.
You may have the option to 'opt out' of the body scanner (people do so for a variety of
reasons: radiation, privacy etc.).
*In the USA, there are scanners everywhere and everyone is expected to use them, but - as far as I know - you do have the right to 'opt out' - you must say the words. When you 'opt out', you must agree to frisking (info here below).
The prostheses are designed to feel realistic, but an agent who is allowed to touch your genitals may notice that it is not biological.
To date no one has
reported any problems when frisked, and many have gone through the process without problems, but I want you to be ready just