What’s your trigger? I did my normal walk through security today and, BEEP! Second attempt with shoes removed, BEEP! (Keep reading if you want to know what the trigger was)
Today’s philosophical question of the day: why can I walk through security at some airports without issue but at others, usually smaller airports, my footwear sets off the sensor?
Puzzling! Baffling! An enigma! Why? I just want to know why. The scanner we walk through is exactly the same so what’s the trigger?
You’ll hear the normal response of shoe shanks, nails, zippers, belt buckles, steel toes, rollers and light ups. All these items set off the sensor but sometimes they make it through and sometimes they don’t. Children under 12 can keep them on regardless of these pitfalls but adults have to take them off. Why?????
Here are some other possibilities to ponder what can trigger the sensor:
• Fillings in the teeth
• Pins in the knee or other joint
• Chastity belts
• Steel plates – don’t worry, your part will fall just fine
• Surgical instruments inadvertently left inside the body – remember Nip/Tuck?
Today the underwire in my bra triggered the sensor (turns out I could have left my shoes on after all)! Yes. You read that right! My bra was the trigger. Do I take it off or get felt up? Quite the conundrum.
Thanks to GoGo in flight WiFi I was able to research this during my flight. Basically it all comes down to how sensitive the metal detector is set. While the metal detectors are all the same different airports use different sensitivity settings. Just my humble and laypersons opinion but it seems that since the same screening processes are used consistently across the country perhaps all the airports should set the metal detectors to the same settings. Just a thought. We don’t need to know what the settings are. By all means set them more sensitive during times of alert and change them frequently but let’s all do the same thing.
As if the bra weren’t enough, I was the lucky winner in today’s drawing for a random security check. Why are you selected? Well, upon research, “sometimes it is random but usually you have fit a profile that they are looking for. Something in the way that you purchased your ticket or something in your appearance triggers their interest. Sprucing up a bit does seem to help and having your s*** together at the Xray appears to ease the way.”
Interesting. It wasn’t the ticket purchase and with the exception of my bra triggering the metal detector I have my s*** together. Note to self: research profiling.
I’ve always been one for flexibility and still am but when it comes to safety and security we do need rules. They should be followed by everyone without exception but everyone should have the same set of rules. Until then, ladies remember to remove your bras. Perhaps we should all begin placing them in a plastic bin prior to walking through the metal detector and putting them back on afterward.