Friday, December 2, 2011

Airport Body Scanners - A runners anmaly?

First off, thanks to all of you (both) who keep reading. My temptation to quit blogging was not a cry for attention... just crying.

I will work on some beer posts. I have 4 beer available in the house, so drop me line and come by (maybe during the holidays is best)

So.... we all know the controversy about the new full body scanners at most US airports. I, for one, don't get caught up in the controversy. I find it very odd that we have willingly surrendered many liberties for all sorts of "public good" and airport scanners are the things that push people over the edge? Really?

Personally I think it gets legs because certain groups scream and cry about them, and the lemmings follow.

Me... yawn.... give me something real to worry about.

Anyway, I started noticing I was always stopped after going through these. The person TSA agent proceeds to a minimal "pat down" focused on my left leg. Hmmm, whatever.

But I kept happening. More specifically, my left knee. In fact, I turn around and see it on the little screen. It happens with different pants, different scanners, etc. Always the same knee.

So Tuesday I go through and jokingly say "let me guess, left knee?". Sure enough, left knee.

TSA dude says "Do you have any pins or screws? any surgery". No

But wait. Could my 30 plus years of running, some with 2000 miles plus years have an effect? Could it be scar tissue from running? Could it be a lingering effect of the infamous Sawtooth bee attack? (same knee, and I still have numbness there)

So any of you orthopods (Nic?) or geeky tech scanner experts want to try and theorize?

So how is that for a post?

18 comments:

Andrew said...

Thats the best knee to pat down while his associate is picking your right rear pocket!

Think about it?

nwgdc said...

Ever have an xray of the knee? I've got nothing to offer but would love to see what the xray shows.

Anonymous said...

I just had the same thing happen on three consecutive flights, but both knees. I've been training for a 15K, an had gone from two miles per run to 13 in a little over three months. The trip was two days after the longest training run. I asked the TSA guy and he said it might be scar tissue.

David Cotton said...

I have the exact same experience everytime I fly, but it is my right knee.

Anonymous said...

I have lots of injuries from riding horses and a really deteriorated knee, and that knee always sets off the new body scanners - I feel your pain :)

bene yamin said...

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Anonymous said...

I too have always had my left knee set off the TSA scanner. I thought it may be from built up calcium as my knees are old. Last time thru Las Vegas airport I hit a trifecta - not only my left knee but my right knee and left wrist and elbow!
Calcium, scar tissue, Alien implants????

Mat Allen said...

so i took a flight to lax last month and went threw the full body scanner in tampa fl and a yellow box was on on my knee area when i came out, they searched me and asked if i was swore or in pain, and i said no, not at all, this happen also on my return flight about a month later, so this has me freeked out, is there something wrong with my leg? What was that showing? Should i see a doctor? They didnt really tell me anymore but ask if i was sore... any info would be great. Thanks so much.

Mat Allen said...

so i took a flight to lax last month and went threw the full body scanner in tampa fl and a yellow box was on on my knee area when i came out, they searched me and asked if i was swore or in pain, and i said no, not at all, this happen also on my return flight about a month later, so this has me freeked out, is there something wrong with my leg? What was that showing? Should i see a doctor? They didnt really tell me anymore but ask if i was sore... any info would be great. Thanks so much.

Dan said...

I had knee surgery in 06. They went in and cleaned up the junk and drilled little holes in the back of my kneecap to build scar tissue to make the wedge.. it sets off the scanners 90% of the time.. no pins or metal.. so, I think it's scar tissue

Dan said...

I had knee surgery in 06. They went in and cleaned up the junk and drilled little holes in the back of my kneecap to build scar tissue to make the wedge.. it sets off the scanners 90% of the time.. no pins or metal.. so, I think it's scar tissue

2nd Tuesday each month 6:30 pm said...

I have knee pain. And I have it happen . One or both knees every time now for 1 1/2 years.
Dr X-rays show perfect knees. No bone chips etc. My ligaments make a lot of noise. No medical person can tell me why.

Anonymous said...

I have hereditary bad knees and I get the "knee pat down" on about 85% of my flights. I fly frequently so it's pretty irritating and worrisome. One of the TSA agents told me it happens with "water on the knee" or "built up scar tissue". Glad to see this post and know I'm not the only one. I was starting to worry I had somehow gotten metal in my knee and was thinking of having it checked.

Charlie Brown said...

Thanks for this post. I've had my left shoulder set off the backscatter at least six times. Nothing on the metal detector. I did injure that shoulder, multiple times when I was in the military so scar tissue would make sense.

Unknown said...

My husband recently had a large sarcoma removed from his leg. He has very much scar tissue and he has been stopped and patted down the last two flights since. I'm glad to hear it is just scar tissue and not the cancer returned.

norak said...

Every time I go through millimeter wave scanner my left leg/hip is flagged. I was injured there in a car accident when I was 18 with lots of soft tissue damage and have had pain ever since. I've had other injuries (knees, ankles, upper back) but they weren't as severe and have never set off the detector. So another bit of anecdotal evidence that sufficient scar tissue could get picked up.

Anonymous said...

I have been patted down every time I go through the scanners but for an area just below my sternum. I have had a gastric ulcer, healed now, but still have a lot of pain, like someone punched me there, when I exercise doing crunch type motions. Nothing shows up on endoscopes so who knows? All I know is that, like all of you with knees that set off the scanners, I set it off for my gut!

Anonymous said...

My 18 year old son and I, just ran the Star Wars Half Marathon and flew home together five hours after the race. We BOTH set off the TSA scanner for a pat down! The yellow box was over his right knee. A yellow box showed over each of my thighs (where my quads are.) I am wondering if it is inflamation?