Airports and prosthesis

Hi, so I’m wondering about traveling through an airport with my prosthesis. I had a single mastectomy at beginning of February. After waiting to heal and having to go twice to get a fitting. I’m currently trying out a trulife tri-leisureform sponge with a weight inside which is metal.
We have just booked a holiday to Palma Spain. So I’m worried I’ll set the alarms off going through security. How has other peoples experience been going through airports?


I’m not in your situation as I had a double lumpectomy so don’t have a prosthesis. I hope some other lovely lady will be able to answer your question.

You could also speak to the BCN nurses who should be able to give you advice.

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I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Take care :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I’ve flown loads since my mastectomy in January 2021 - once the world opened up that is! And flew to/from Malaga last week.

Though I not been to Palma since then, no one knows. With your metal weight, I suspect it’ll just ping like a wired bra, a new hip, new knee etc etc etc

I am always making the machines goes ping - because of the above. A quick pat down by female security people has never shown any reaction from them when feeling around my 40D silicon prosthetic bra area.

Enjoy your holiday. Just go careful in the sun in chest area if you’ve had radiotherapy. You are much more likely to burn.

AnGELa x

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Not so much alarms, but the search itself, if you are subject to one of those. We are hoping to go away next year and I know the US do like to frisk passengers, more than search.

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I have just returned from a holiday in Egypt and had no issues with scanners. I was given a pat down search by a female security officer on my return journey with no issues. Go and enjoy your holiday x

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I have been away twice since my mastectomy once to USA and both times ok
I was patted down too and no issues arose if you are asked to show something ask to be taken to a private room I’m sure they’ll oblige
Enjoy your break

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The important thing to note is if you are asked you have the ability to ask to go into a booth or private room. While I am not in the same situation airports are trying to rush you through and if they want to do a search you have the right in any airport to request a private space.
Enjoy your holiday x

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Thanks everyone for responds. Thats put my mind at ease. Looking forward to my holiday.

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Hi, just to say. Made it through airport without any problems. Didnt set alarms off or have to be asked about it. I have started wearing my memory foam prosthesis so no metal in there to set anything off anyway. ( Not that, that is the reason. Was more comfortable)

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Have a wonderful holiday :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: