Post by laurelita42 on Jan 21, 2015 17:23:51 GMT -5
I'm flying across the country in a few weeks, when I'll be about 14 weeks pregnant. I was just reading the TSA guidelines and their 'official' stance is that the body scans are safe during pregnancy. I still think I'm going to opt out and get the pat down, although it's a hassle and uncomfortable for me to have someone feeling me up like that. Am I being unreasonable in opting out? I'm not usually one of those who sees danger in everything during pregnancy, but this just feels like the better call to me.
I just flew at 12 weeks and had the scan... my Doc said there was no concerns. I am flying again in Feb and March and think I will opt for the pat down this time. It just makes me feel better. Do what makes you sense to you. TSA doesn't care one way or the other!
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Post by bkroxfan003 on Jan 22, 2015 19:25:24 GMT -5
If you're not comfortable with the scanners then opt to be pat down. Usually they're pretty nice about it and don't care which one you do. You just have to ask whoever is standing there. I chose the pat down when I flew at 28 weeks.
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Post by AnnexationOfPR on Jan 23, 2015 17:34:17 GMT -5
Meh, I don't generally believe anything people tell me, so I always take the pat downs. In 10 years, they'll come up with some issue these machine cause. The best was when I was 7/8 months in, and the agent was like "I'm now going to run my finger along the inside of your waistband". I kind of chuckled and said "good luck finding it!" (Full panel pants)
I've always gone through the scanner (not pregnant) and THEN get patted down. Never fails. In Denver they had two people pat me down, one after the other. I asked them if something was showing up and they ignored me. Now I feel outright molested in the name of faux freedom.
Post by ripplingmussels on Jan 23, 2015 21:28:44 GMT -5
When I flew while pregnant, I always opted for the pat down. Most of the time they saw that I was pregnant and just let me go through the metal detector without the pat down. I did get frisked once at 7.5 months, it wasn't a big deal other than they checked my bra and pants at the same time because of the full panel.
I honestly just opt for the freedom frisk each time.
Half the time I've gone through the scanner, I've had to be pat down anyway, so I only go through the scanner when I'm in a hurry. Otherwise, I let the government cop a feel whether I'm pregnant or not.
Post by wildflower810 on Jan 24, 2015 18:18:16 GMT -5
My LO is here now, but I flew when I was 13 weeks pregnant and had the same concern. My advice would be to scope out the security area as you approach it and see if there is anyone not going through the scanner and not getting a pat down. I flew out of Dallas/Fort Worth and one of their lines simply didn't have the scanner, only a metal detector. I went over to that line, stepped through the metal detector, and went on my way. It was probably part luck, though, because the guy behind me had one of those pre-screened fast passes and *still* got felt up.
I would do whatever is comfortable for you, as PP have said.
I was worried about this too, but my doctor said it was fine. I flew at 6 weeks, and again at 13 weeks. I have another business trip at 19 weeks. Then I'm done flying. I have gone through the scanner on the two flights so far.
Post by ashleylynn1220 on Jan 27, 2015 10:58:12 GMT -5
I'm so glad I read through this thread! I'm traveling across the US tomorrow and was nervous about walking through the scans. I'd honestly rather walk through then have someone pat me down right now. I'm newly pregnant and I just don't want to be touched really it seems. Seeing that it's safe to go through the scan has relaxed me a bit with it.
I always opt out. Since having my kiddo, I have further realized that the easiest way to get through is to wear a baby. However, this then requires you to deal with said baby on the plane, so there are trade-offs.
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