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Airport scanners: Dress for success!

By Catholic Online
July 28th, 2010
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A modern day component of increased national security is the airport scanner. Anyone who expects to fly domestically or abroad is expected to go through one before they are allowed to board. Intended to stop terrorists before they bring anything dangerous on board, many law-abiding travelers must play with the scanner in order to board. Pieces of jewelry, belts and even shoes can delay flights. How does one prepare for this leg of the voyage? Simple - dress for success!

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There's no particular style or type of clothing that you should wear from a security point of view, and you are permitted to wear head coverings and religious garments during the screening process. You may be directed to additional screening if your clothing is loose fitting or large enough to hide prohibited items.

Certain clothing and accessories can also set off an alarm on the metal detector and slow you down. You should avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through the security checkpoints such as heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties), clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs, metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration, belt buckles and under-wire bras.

Hidden items such as body piercings may result in your being directed to additional screening for a pat-down inspection. If selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search.

Take metal items such as keys, loose change, mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs) out of your pockets and declare them.

Place heavy jewelry and other metal items in your carry-on baggage or in plastic bags if they are offered, until you clear security.

In addition, you should pack all your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. These include, but are not limited to, trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats and blazers. If you choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint, you will need to either place it in your carry-on or put it in the bin that is provided for you.

Individuals are permitted to wear disposable footwear during the screening process. The disposable footwear may be removed and placed into the individual's accessible property prior to exiting the screening checkpoint.

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