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Titanium cage and air travel

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right section(mods please move if it is). Along with my ALIF, the doctor inserted a titanium cage on my spine and I wonder if this will set of any alarms while passing through airport security. Did this happen to anyone? Should I get a card from my phsici?


  • If it is 100% titanium then no, you will not set off the metal detectors. You can certainly request a note though, if you aren't sure or want reassurance
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  • TarenTTaren Posts: 525
    edited 01/16/2015 - 10:19 AM
    I have titanium in my neck and I have never set off any metal detectors, darby. I think you are good to go. :-)
  • TarenTTaren Posts: 525
    edited 01/16/2015 - 10:21 AM
    I did have some screws in my turtle shell brace a few years back that set some metal detectors off but have never set any off with my titanium plate.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    Different airports in different countries have different views on titanium and other metal in our bodies.
    I have found that Paris , France is the hardest airport to get by. Titanium is not suppose to set alarms , but in Paris it set every possible alarm. I had more police around me in a few minutes. But they were good, ... In public, I guess they are pretty open about things like this, I took off my shirt showed them the scars, dropped my draws to show my scars and then they were ok.

    The last couple of flights inside of USA, I had to go through the full body scan. I did set off all the alarms going through what normal people go through. Even though titanium is not suppose to set things off, depending on the level of sensitivity at the airports, it can set things off.... which is a good thing. One problem I had at LGA (New York City) was in addition to the full body scan, they wanted to search some more. So they sent me to a room and asked me to disrobe. Well, I went to that room, opened the door and there was this poor young lady half naked sitting in a chair and when she sees me she screams. That brought more TSA folks into the area. It all got resolved. And would you know it, that same girl had a seat with my wife and myself. We did have a good laugh, though she was a bit embarrassed.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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