My LO is 2. Does she have to walk through a scanner or can she get a pat down?
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32458 posts
We just carry our LO through the metal detector. I wouldn't ever walk through or take my LO through those Xray machines..
If you don't want to watch through the metal detector I'm sure you can ask for a pat down.
Where you flying?
GOLD / wonderful coffee bean / 18400 posts
@chopsuey119: Florida on Saturday!
@Andrea: awwww fun!!!!
hostess / eggplant / 11068 posts
@Andrea: Have fun! Exciting! I carried LO through the metal detector.
@chopsuey119: @Rubies: They have the full body scanners now so I am scared of those!
@Andrea: Yeah I would NEVER walk through a full body scanner. Definitely would NOT have my LO walk into those scary machines either!
@chopsuey119: ok, hope they do not make us.
@Andrea: Just be firm and tell them NO. They can just pat all of you down.
GOLD / papaya / 10206 posts
Fwiw the full body scanner isn't as scary as everyone thinks, I've done it a few times and it wasn't a big deal
@prettylizy: I am just not sure about the radiation levels so I don't want to risk it for the LO.
@Andrea: I never thought about that, although I haven't flown since getting PG/having LO so it wasn't on my mind at the time.
@prettylizy: it just occurred to me today since I saw they have them installed now. I flew in December and they did not have them yet.
cantaloupe / 6641 posts
@Andrea: Last time I flew I saw some little kids go through the full body scanner - the youngest was maybe 5? Unfortunately I think it is required for everyone who is "assigned" to the scanner. At my airport, some people are routed through to a regular metal detector and some to the scanner, and it's luck of the draw, so maybe you won't have to? If you do, I would just say you want to opt out and get the pat down. I go through the scanner now and it's not a big deal to me, but if I was pregnant or had a LO, I would be very apprehensive too.
bananas / 9090 posts
I usually see parents holding their toddlers. As for the full body scanners, I normally have no problem walking through them, just not when pregnant.
wonderful persimmon / 25202 posts
We've held our son and walked through the metal detectors, now that he is older he can walk through, although I don't know if he will or not.
I am undecided about the patdown versus the full body scanners. Has anyone done the patdown with a toddler?
nectarine / 2706 posts
I just flew on Friday (I'm 32 weeks) and was able to decline the full body scanner and just do a standard metal detector with zero problems. The airport I flew through (Columbus OH) had signs everywhere telling you you could decline.
@mamabolt: I am relieved to hear that. Thanks!!
cantaloupe / 6460 posts
I don't know if you can hold your child in the full body scanner anyways. You have to stand with your arms spread out.
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