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As a result of a tibial plateau fracture, now I've got a metal plate inside my knee with several screws. I assume it's titanium alloy. I've never traveled by plane before, and I'm worried that there are going to be problems with the security machines. Anyone with the same experience?

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  • Have you asked your doctor about this ? – blackbird Apr 28 '16 at 20:26
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    Not yet actually but the doctor is not a security agent so it's difficult to tell if there will be problems on that side of things – BlueStarry Apr 28 '16 at 20:28
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    No but he/she will be able to tell which material it is, which you can then use to verify with airport security. Or Google – blackbird Apr 28 '16 at 20:29
  • This isn't necessarily an answer, but it's an older entry from the official TSA Blog: blog.tsa.gov/2008/02/why-we-do-what-we-do-additional.html – Greg Hewgill Apr 28 '16 at 20:32
  • @GregHewgill that TSA essay is actually somewhat understating the problem -- they're talking about people with fake letters from doctors using them to carry guns onto the flight. There's another potential problem they don't mention, which is people with actual hip replacements and genuine letters from their doctors bringing guns with them. I suppose they didn't mention that possibility because they wanted to avoid increasing the indignation of the probably-indignant hip-transplant patients they expect to be reading that page. – phoog Apr 28 '16 at 22:46