Most orthopedic implants will set off metal detectors. Over 90% of hip replacements and knee replacements will set of airport metal detectors. We do provide our patients an implant card but this is no longer needed for identification of these implants.
If you or a family member has a metal implant, he or she should inform a Transportation Security Officer before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers; however, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt a passengerfrom additional screening.
Many patients now prefer to be screened by imaging technology (X-ray Machine) to reduce the likelihood of a pat-down being necessary. If a pat-down is selected by the TSA, it will be helpful to wear clothes that allow you to easily reveal your surgical scar.