I have an all titanium wire mesh underneath my eye due to a car accident. It is supposed to be MRI and X-Ray safe and I have traveled with it once before. I usually avoid informing security beforehand in order to avoid additional security checks and confusions.

Is there something I should be worried about health-wise at airports or at security checks wherein it would be a better decision to inform them beforehand rather than running into some medical issues?

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    Anything? I'm tempted to say, "Be careful of titanium-scavenging bots from Skynet" but I suspect that's not what you're looking for. Apr 28, 2014 at 2:56
  • @jpatokal I'm more worried about the medical issues. I don't want a sudden bleeding in my eye due to some device and then later be told by the airport authority." Oh you never informed us. Not out fault." Apr 28, 2014 at 5:18
  • That sounds more like a medical question, rather than a travel one, and I'd highly recommend you ask your medical professional.
    – Mark Mayo
    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:34

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Not really. As discussed in this question, implants are very common and security is used to dealing with them. In short:

If it's picked up by the metal detector or full-body scanner, you can tell them what you have and where it is. They'll use a hand scanner to verify, and you're clear.

If it's not picked up, you have no problem.

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    Aye. I'm more worried about any other medical issues I might come across. Apr 28, 2014 at 5:17
  • I wouldn't worry too much. Titanium doesn't react with pretty much anything, which is precisely why it's used in medical implants. Apr 28, 2014 at 11:24

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